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Sarus Crane

(Antigone antigone)
Size: 1.1-1.3 m (female), 1.3-1.5 m (male); wing span 2.2-2.5 m
Weight: 5-12 kg

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Sarus Crane at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "gilliae"

ADULT

Sex unknown

Frontal view of an adult Sarus Crane (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Karumba, QLD, September 2019]

Frontal view of a Sarus Crane surrounded by Brolgas; note the Sarus Crane's red upper neck and the pink legs, while the Brolgas' are grey (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Near Karumba, QLD, September 2019]

Lateral view of a Sarus Crane shaking out its plumage (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, September 2023]

Lateral view of a Sarus Crane (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Lateral/near-dorsal view of two Sarus Cranes (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Near-dorsal view of a Sarus Crane looking sideways (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Near-dorsal view of a Sarus Crane (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Near-dorsal view of two Sarus Cranes (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, July 2020]

Dorsal view of a Sarus Crane (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Dorsal view of a mob of Sarus Cranes (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, September 2023]

Direct comparison between a female Brolga, back, and an adult Sarus Crane, front (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[Croydon, QLD, September 2019]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a sub-adult Sarus Crane - note the pale red skin (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Near-dorsal view of a sub-adult Sarus Crane (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Lateral view of an adult Sarus Crane, right, with the head of an immature also visible on the left (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[100 km NW of Croydon, QLD, October 2014]

Lateral view of a Sarus Crane with a juvenile in tow (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, June 2022]

Small group of Sarus Cranes and Brolgas, with a juvenile Sarus Crane on the right; note the large number of birds in the background (photo courtesy of M. Mearns)
[100 km NW of Croydon, QLD, October 2014]

Behaviour

Lateral view of Sarus Cranes foraging in a fallow cane field (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, September 2023]

Lateral view of two (male?) Sarus Cranes settling a dispute (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, September 2023]

Lateral/dorsal view of two (male?) Sarus Cranes settling a dispute (photo courtesy of J. Boettcher, FNQ Nature Tours)
[Atherton Tablelands, QLD, September 2023]

Food, Diet

Lateral view of a mob of Sarus Cranes foraging in a fallow field (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Near-dorsal view of a Sarus Crane foraging in a fallow field (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Atherton, QLD, June 2024]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

sarus_me_20240621.m4a (Atherton Tablelands, QLD) Various (in flight) © ME
sarus_me_20240621_2.m4a (Atherton Tablelands, QLD) Various (in flight) © ME

More Sarus Crane sound recordings are available at xeno-canto.org .

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