Grus virgo   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Bird)
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Class: Aves

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Size: 90-100 cm

Color: A delicate grey crane of medium size with black head and neck, except for grey forecrown and nape; prominent white ear-tuft behind eyes; black feathers of lower neck long, pointed and falling over breast; brownish-grey sickle-shaped secondaries drooping over tail; red-tipped greenish bill; black legs and feet.
Juvenile: Like adult, but with grey head and much shorter drooping secondaries.

Voice: Loud krook-krook,but shorter than the common Crane.

Habits: Very highly gregarious species; flocks of thousands visit the subcontinent.

Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
• Demoiselle Crane (English)
Economic Importance and Threats




Literature Source(s)
  • Kumar, A; Sati, JP; Tak, PC and Alfred, JRB (2005) Handbook on Indian wetland birds and their conservation Zoological Survey of India, Dehra Dun 468 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vernacular names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent Buceros, Envis newsletter: Avian Ecology & Inland Wetlands 62pp Available at -
  • Manakadan R and Pittie A (2001) Standardized English names of the Birds of the Indian Subcontinent BUCEROS Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetland 6(1) 26pp Available at -
  • Kumar A, sati JP and Tak CK (2003) Checklist of Indian Waterbids Buceros Envis Newsletter: Avian ecology and inland wetlands 8(1) 30pp Available at -
  • PBase Available at -

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