June 29, 2015 – Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)

Requested by: wriftbird

These Cranes spend their summer breeding season in the northern regions of the Americas and parts of Siberia. Their wintering grounds are in the southwestern part of the United States, Florida, Cuba, and northern Mexico. They feed mostly on seeds and grains, but also eat berries, tubers, small animals, and invertebrates. Sandhills are the most common crane species in the world. Although their feathers are grey, some appear brownish due to their habit of preening with mud. They mate for life and perform elaborate courtship dances. During the breeding season, they nest in isolated marshland where the males and females both incubate the eggs.