Wattled crane

Wattled crane

Cranes are a family of birds comprising 15 species that live across five continents (North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia). Wattled cranes are named for the flaps of skin, or “wattles,” that dangle from their chins. These wattles indicate a crane’s mood, shrinking when they are nervous and elongating when they are excited.

Bugeranus carunculatus

Omnivore

Eastern Africa, Southern Africa

Grasslands, Wetlands

Look for the wattled cranes in the Lower Zoo next door to the Aldabra tortoise greenhouse.

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