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
Golden eagles take demoiselle cranes on the wing as they migrate high over the Himalayas.
This was a classic long lens shoot from ground level using a 600mm lens, sometimes with a doubler. The team spent lots of time scouring the mountain tops around Annapurna with binoculars trying to locate the flocks of migrating cranes. When the demoiselles were eventually spotted, with the eagles in pursuit, the camera crew was some distance away and unable to get closer.
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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.
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