Indian Sarus Crane

This large bird is native to the Indian sub-continent, Southeast Asia and Australia.  Present populations are greatly reduced in numbers and range from their historic maximums. The largest numbers are in India.

It is easily recognized by its grey colour and distinctive red head and upper neck. Individuals stand up to 180 cm (6 ft.) tall. The Sarus Crane inhabits wetlands and eats roots, tubers, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrates.

Males and females form long lasting pair bonds and maintain territories. During the breeding season they build nest islands of grass and reeds up to 2 metres across.

Indian Sarus Crane @ Safari Niagara

  • There is one female Indian Sarus Crane living at Safari Niagara

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Gruformes
Family: Gruidaqe
Genus: Antigone
Species: A. antigone

Did you know?

  • In 2009 there were 15 – 20 thousand Sarus Cranes left in the wild.
  • They are thought to be extinct now in the Philippines and Thailand.