Like most cranes, the beauty, grace, and dramatic ritualized mating dances of the blue crane make them iconic and popular birds in local cultures and lore. Their popularity in sport hunting and perceived threats to agriculture have caused populations to decline in most areas.
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Blue cranes are a robust species comfortable in a wide variety of weather conditions, so they may be seen on almost any day at the Zoo. They are a bit shy, especially during breeding season, so you may see some twig coverings on their boundary fence. It is easy to see through, but makes them feel more comfortable.