At about 4.9eet, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. This bird, which is regarded as endangered, is fascinating, both for its recovery from the brink of extinction and for its inherent beauty.
According to the National Geographic Society, there were just three whooping cranes residing in 1941. At the point in time, it was not illegal to take the birds, and people were ruining their natural habitats.
As part of conservation efforts, people have literally led whooping cranes on their migratory paths using ultralight aircraft so as to train the birds to go”home.” Other efforts to prevent the birds from extinction include captive breeding programs and habitat management.
They may have black wingtips. Juveniles are often a cinnamon colour. These birds prefer to stay in family groups and pairs mate for life. However, if one of the mates dies, another will re
-mate if possible.
Along with being tall, their wing span is about 7 feet. These birds have a mean life in the wild of 22 to 24 years.
Whooping cranes a
re omnivorous, meaning that the birds will eat both meat and plants. Among the foods that these cranes enjoy are insects, acorns, shellfish, water plants and
Protection plans include diversifying migratory paths and locations for breeding and wintering, as the birds’ habitats are still under pressure because of pollution and our expanding population.
Cranes not just sleep in water but construct up their nests in water for protection from predators. The average number of eggs laid is two, though only one baby usually survives to the fledgling stage.