Wanted: A little peace and quite. As its habitat is relentlessly converted to agricultural use, the hooded crane has to reckon with the noise and disturbance that human activity brings. This forces the sensitive bird to spend more time in vigilance and spend less time searching out its usual diet and aquatic plants, berries, salamanders and frogs. During breeding season, human disturbance can even cause the crane to abandon its nest. With these challenges working against it, the crane may well be quietly disappearing
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