Call Me “Balearica regulorum gibbericep” or just- Crested Crane

Popular for their beauty and elegance, crested cranes exist in East Africa and parts of South Africa. They have elevated status in Uganda as the national emblem for about 100 years now.

On the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, Berlin-Germany is this description and a little more information you might find useful,

“The tail feathers, comparatively short, are the colour of dried straw. When at rest, the Crowned Crane seems to be enveloped in a cape of exquisite delicacy with its multi-coloured head where the three colours of the Uganda’s Flag (Black, Yellow, Red) seem to be represented. The conspicuous velvety black forehead, yellowish crest and the vivid bright red wattles, make the Crested Crane an elegant creature, befitting its emblematic role. “ Excerpt from the article The Crested Crane-Uganda’s National Emblem.

Commonly referred to as the East African crowned crane or just the crested crane, they are also called Balearica regulorum gibbericeps. The crested crane belong to the Animalia kingdom and Gruidae Genus family.

They are omnivores meaning they can eat plants and animals such as insects, snakes, fish, worms, lizards, small mammals, grain.

They are quite few, believed to be about 100,000 in total population, and considered endangered mostly due to their habitats, grasslands, being encroached on for human activities.

They weigh about 4 kilograms and grow to heights between 91cm to 120 cm. They lay up to 3 eggs and incubate for a month. Crested cranes can leave longer than 22 years and reach sexual maturity at about 3 years. Also considered to be monogamous, these birds are known to maintain a single partner for life.

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