A group of demoiselle cranes feeding from the ground

Demoiselle crane

Demoiselle cranes gather in large flocks whilst on migration, but once they reach their breeding grounds they gradually become territorial, with each pair nesting on their own. They pair for life, and the bond between two individuals is strengthened by duets, and ballet-like dancing. Demoiselle cranes are the smallest of the crane species, and are famous for their elaborate communication methods. With a deep rasping voice, and spectacular dancing, contact both within pairs and amongst large flocks is of vital importance.

Scientific name: Anthropoides virgo

Rank: Species

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Map showing the distribution of the Demoiselle crane taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Demoiselle crane can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Himalayas, Indian subcontinent, Mediterranean, Russia. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Demoiselle crane distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web


  1. Life
  2. Animals
  3. Vertebrates
  4. Birds
  5. Coots, cranes and rails
  6. Cranes
  7. Anthropoides
  8. Demoiselle crane

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