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Welcome Cranes

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rcc yellow river delta (c) Ding Hong’an
© Ding Hong’an
Migration of Cranes

Cranes are large waterbird species with long bills, neck, and legs. The following are some of the species found in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway:

Hooded Crane have a slaty-grey body and snow white head and neck, with an un-feathered red crown and a black hairlike bristle. They are found in wetlands, natural grasslands, and agricultural fields. They breed in south eastern Russia and northern China. The majority of the population winters in Izumi (Kyushu, Japan), with smaller numbers in South Korea and several sites along the middle Yangtze River in China. For more information: https://www.savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/hooded-crane/

Hooded Crane in Cheonsoo Bay, South Korea © Eugene Cheah
Hooded Crane in Cheonsoo Bay, South Korea © Eugene Cheah

Siberian Crane are pure white except for their primaries, which are black. The adult forecrown, forehead, face, and sides of the head are bare of feathers and brick-red in colour. They are heavily dependant on wetlands for nesting, feeding, and roosting. On the breeding grounds in spring, they eat cranberries, rodents, fish and insects. On the wintering grounds, they excavate nutrient rich roots and tubers from wetlands. In EAAF, they nest in north eastern Siberia and winter along the middle Yangtze River in China. For more information: https://www.savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/siberian-crane/

Siberian Crane © International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin
Siberian Crane © International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin

News of the journey being tracked of ‘Mongol’, the first Siberian Crane ‘sub-adult’ captured and marked in Mongolia can be found in this: Mongolia Crane Project Update – October 2015

Red-crowned Crane have a white body and white primary feathers and black secondary and tertiary feathers. Their forehead and crown is covered with bare red skin, and a large white band that extends from behind the eyes and meets sharply with the black lower neck. They use coastal salt marshes, rivers, freshwater marshes, rice paddies, and cultivated fields, and prefer to nest in marshes with relatively deep water and standing dead vegetation. Red-crowned Cranes breed in large wetlands in temperate East Asia and winter along rivers and in coastal and freshwater marshes in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. For more information: https://www.savingcranes.org/species-field-guide/red-crowned-crane/

Red-crowned Crane in Kushiro, Japan © Eugene Cheah
Red-crowned Crane in Kushiro, Japan © Eugene Cheah

To find out more about cranes, please visit our Cranes Working Group page. For more information on crane migration, please also visit the page below:

Welcome Cranes in 2016
Date where species observer
Send us your sighting to secretariat@eaaflyway.net to be recorded here!
22 March Seocheon County, ROK Hooded Crane (180) Seunghwa Yu
22 March Cheonsu Bay, ROK Hooded Crane (870) Jong-hyun Han
20 March Cheonsu Bay, ROK Hooded Crane (2,900) Kisup Lee (reporter)
20 March Suncheon Bay, ROK Hooded Crane (950) Kisup Lee (reporter)
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