Sandhill Cranes
      by Camille

Sandhill Crane By Camille O.

Every Year in Nebraska, Sandhill Cranes migrate to the Platte River.

How do you identify a Sandhill Crane?

Height: 3 to 4 feet
Weight: 6 to 12 pounds
Wingspan: 6 to 7 feet
Lifespan: 20 to 40 years

Sandhill Cranes are very large, tall birds with a long neck, long leg, and very broad wings.

What dose baby Sandhill Cranes look like?

A Sandhill crane mom looking for food with her baby.

How long do they spend in the Platte River?

Sandhill cranes spend about 3-4 weeks by the Platte River

Where do they come from?

A group of Sandhill Cranes is ether called a sedge or a siege. Somtimes people call them a heard.

Sandhill Cranes fly from Texas to Florida. The yellow on the map indicates their migration route.

what do they do while breeding in the Platte River?

In the Platte River, Sandhill Cranes flap their wings and jump around. We call this dancing. This move is called the jump rake.

what do sandhill cranes nest look like?

This is the top of a Sandhill Crane's nest in the Platte River. The rest of the nest is under the water.

Sandhill Cranes call.

Sandhill Cranes are a interesting type of bird. You can see them near the Platte River, in Nebraska.

Cool facts!!!

  • The sandhill crane is a species of large crane of North America and extreme northeastern Siberia.
  • The common name of this bird refers to habitat like that at the Platte River, on the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills on the American Plains.
  • This is the most important stopover area for the nominotypical subspecies, the lesser sandhill crane, with up to 450,000 of these birds migrating through annually.
  • Nebraska   is one of the vital staging   areas for the migration of the worlds largest population of the sandhill cranes.
  • Throughout history the Platte has also been a passage of migration for both cranes and humans.
  • The exact date when the Sandhill cranes appeared on the Nebraska landscape is not  and known.
  • Sandhill Cranes have a unique call. It's loud, rolling and trumpeting.
  • Sandhill Cranes are known for their dancing skills. They have a graceful and energetic dance.
  • another name for Sandhill Cranes is  Grue Canadienne.
  • The oldest crane record was 36 years and 7 months old.
  • In the morning, cranes shuffle up and down the river waiting for the sun to pop up over the horizon.
  • As the sun rises, cranes head out to feed and loaf in the surrounding fields. During the day, cranes "dance" to relieve the stress of migration and strengthen pair bonds.
  • Cranes are very "social" birds and in the evening, congregate in wet meadows before heading back to the river for the night.

Additional crane info

-A crane's bill is very sharp and sturdy, useful when probing frozen soil. The edges are serrated to grasp slippery food like worms and snakes. Not only is it used for preening, it is also used as a weapon.

-The feet and legs work in conjunction with the beak. The foot has three long toes with claws on the end. These claws are very sharp and can be used for scratching in dirt to find food and for protection.

-When a crane is threatened, it will use its wings to maintain its balance and then jump up and strike at the attacker with its feet.



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