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The crowned crane is a tall, majestic-looking bird that sports a “crown” of tall, stiff, golden feathers. The crane's long legs and neck and excellent peripheral vision help it spot predators in the tall savanna grasses.

Crowned cranes are famous for their courtship, especially the mating dance between the male and female. The dance consists of bobbing, wing flapping, and swinging circles around each other. Crowned cranes are usually found in pairs, but have been seen alone and in small flocks of 3 to 20 individuals. A successful pair keeps its family group together for almost a year. After that, the young birds often form their own flock and spend much of their time feeding in fields. 

Many people believe that these cranes are able to bring rain with them, so they add pictures of cranes, or crane movements, into their own rituals to bring about the rainy season. The crowned crane is the national bird of Uganda.

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15500 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7017
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