Red-crowned Crane

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Red-crowned Crane

Grus japonensis
The red-crowned crane symbolizes good luck and long life in Asian culture, yet it is the second rarest crane in the world. An increasing human population and industrialization threaten critical habitat. Captive breeding and release programs are helping wild crane populations.
Fact file:

Wingspan: 7 – 8 ft

Height: Up to 5 ft

Weight: 15 – 22 lbs

Longevity: More than 25 yrs

Habitat: Wetlands

Diet: Aquatic animals and plants

Current Range: East Asia