At about 4.9 feet, the whooping crane is the tallest bird in North America. This bird, which is considered to be endangered, is intriguing, 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 alive in 1941. At that point in time, it was not illegal to shoot the birds, and people were ruining their natural habitats.
As part of conservation efforts, people have led whooping cranes in their migratory paths using ultralight aircraft in order to train the birds to go”home.” Other efforts to prevent the birds from extinction include captive breeding programs and habitat management.
Whopping Crane Information
They have long, pointed bills. They may have black wingtips. Juveniles are usually a cinnamon color. These birds prefer to live in family groups and pairs mate for life. But if one of the mates dies, the other will re-mate if at all possible.
Along with being tall, their wing length is about 7 feet. These birds have an average lifetime in the wild of 22 to 24 decades.
Whooping cranes are omnivorous, meaning that the birds will eat both plants and meat. Among the foods that these cranes like are insects, acorns, shellfish, water plants and frogs.
Today, whooping cranes breed predominately in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park and spend winters in the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. Protection plans include diversifying migratory paths and locations for breeding and wintering, as the birds’ habitats continue to be under pressure due to pollution and our expanding population.
Cranes not only sleep in water but construct their nests up in water for protection from predators. The average number of eggs laid is two, though just 1 baby usually survives to the fledgling stage.