Gruidae – Cranes & allies

Migratory birds adapt according to the weather and food availability

These birds love to mingle and are often found in flocks. These birds have long legs and necks with straight bills. The color patterns help to differentiate one species from another. Most types of cranes are migratory birds with solid wings and feet. Feet help them to run on the ground or water to gain speed before taking off. Mighty wings allow them to soar high with strong wing beats. They take off and land back on the ground like a skilled pilot.

There are 15 species of crane found in different parts of the world except for Antarctica and South America. Overhunting is a pronounced threat to these gorgeous birds.