Head abd body length:152 - 156 cm, wingspan: approx. 240 cm
6 - 8 kg
Estimated at 15,500 - 20,000
Generally found in grasslands, flooded rice paddies, wheat fields, marshes, lakes and pools
Love undying? The sarus crane is a fitting symbol of happy marriage, as pairs engage in complex, coordinated unison calling and strengthen their bonds through elaborate "dance" performances. Togetherness extends to the joint incubation of their eggs. Once the young are hatched, the primary role of the male is guarding the chicks against danger. The world's tallest flying bird faces a host of threats, however, which it is powerless against. Ravaged by habitat loss, hunting, collecting of eggs and chicks, and collisions with power lines, populations have have declined dramatically. That's far from happily ever after.