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(Cranes of the worlds)

The White-naped Crane

Adult White-naped Crane Latin / scientific: Grus vipio
German: Weißnacken-Kranich, Daurischer Kranich

Subspecies: None

Description: Weight: 4,5 to 6,5 kg. The bill is coloured greenish-yellow, the legs are dark greyish-red.
The head is naked and red with an area of grey feathers near the ear, the remaining parts are white.
Hand- and armwings are blackish, the tail dark-grey and the plumes being lengthened and bent downwards are light-grey.
The neck is white - limited by the start of the back, the body is greyish to dark-grey and a sharp wedge distinctly extends upwards to the neck.

Click here for a sequence of photographies.

Feeding: Bulbs of roots, seeds and insects.

Distribution: South-east Siberia and the Far East of the Soviet Union, Mongolia, Korea and the north-east of China. For more information about distribution and population-numbers click here.

ICF (International Crane Foundation): Status report and plans for preservation-measures. The White-naped Crane is one of the most endangered crane-species of the world. For this he has been taken as an "CITES - Species" into the conservation programs of the EEP (click on the picture on the right). This project is supervised by Rob Beldermann of the zoo in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Captivity: Yes, in Germany in the following zoos and zoological gardens: Augsburg, Berlin, Dresden, Frankfurt am Main, Köln, Leipzig, Münster, Niendorf, Nürnberg, St. Peter Ording and Walsrode