Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis - Birds

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Primary Identification

The Sandhill Crane is an extremely tall water bird with long, almost shaggy looking feathers. It also contains a red patch extending from the top of its long, black beak, all the way past the eyes and onto the forehead. While it's body coloration can vary somewhat between birds, the combination of the red on the head and the overall size help distinguish it from other large birds.

Secondary Identification

In flight the Sandhill Crane is immediately recognizable by its wing beats, which are much faster while going up, than when beating down. While this can be difficult to envision, upon seeing it the faster upstroke becomes immediately evident and unique.

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Observations

Seen by On Date Comments Habitat Qty Link
Scott March 17, 2013, 2 p.m. Not afraid to get near the houses. Orange Lake Resort 3 Details
frank556 May 12, 2015, 9:25 a.m. Approached from grassy area, pecked at side of car and looked in driver's window. Great experience. Park and Residential 1 Details
frank556 May 12, 2015, 9:25 a.m. Approached from grassy area, pecked at side of car and looked in driver's window. Great experience. Park and Residential 1 Details

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