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Red-Crowned Crane

Liz Bonnin presents the red-crowned crane from Japan and Asia.

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Liz Bonnin presents the red-crowned crane from Japan and Asia. Backlit by a Japanese winter sun, huge black and white birds dance for an audience. Their plumage mirrors the dazzling snow and dark tree-trunks. The only spots of colour are crimson - the caps of these Red-crowned Cranes. Red-crowned Cranes breed only in far-eastern Russia. Tall, majestic and very vocal, red-crowned cranes gather in groups to reinforce pair-bonds, by leaping into the air and fluttering their 2.5 metre wings, sometimes holding sticks or twigs in their long bills. During winter months, the cranes are fed with grain, and receive a stream of captivated visitors. In front of a wall of clicking camera shutters, the cranes perform their elaborate dance, to delight their captivated audience.

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Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis)

Webpage image courtesy of David Pike /

NPL Ref 01091454 © David Pike /

Recording of red-crowned crane by George W Archibald / Ref: ML 2776

This programme contains a wildtrack recording of the red-crowned crane kindly provided by The Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology; recorded by George W Archibald in March 1971, at Bronx Zoo, New York, USA.


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