At a Glance
This crane is relatively common in parts of Eurasia, but strictly an accidental visitor to North America. Most records have been of birds in migrating flocks of Sandhill Cranes on the Great Plains; these are likely individuals that joined flocks of Sandhills in eastern Siberia, and then traveled with them back across the Bering Strait and south to wintering areas on this continent.
All bird guide text and rangemaps adapted from Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman© 1996, used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Fields, Meadows, and Grasslands, Freshwater Wetlands, Lakes, Ponds, and Rivers
Direct Flight, Flap/Glide
Range & Identification
43" (115 cm). Large and mostly gray. Similar to Sandhill Crane but head and neck mostly black, with a wide white face stripe.
About the size of a Heron
Songs and Calls
Loud, trumpeting call
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