Where do wattled cranes live?
Once ranging from the coastal west of Africa to the African horn down to the southern tip of Africa, the wattled crane is now concentrated to the Okavango Delta. It is the most wetland-dependent of Africa’s crane species.
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What is a wattled crane?
The wattled crane is a large bird with a long white neck, gray body, black undersides, and bare red face with a black “cap.” Its name comes from the white wattles that dangle from its throat. The crane’s secondary, inner-wing feathers are elongated and look like a tail when the crane is standing.
Wattled cranes often submerge their entire heads under water when feeding.
The crane mainly eats aquatic vegetation, but it also eats tuber, rhizomes, seeds, small reptiles, frogs, and insects.
They have courtship rituals.
Like all cranes, the wattled crane performs an elaborate courtship dance, which involves bowing, tossing of the head, jumping into the air, and vocalizing between both birds. Pairs mate for life and live in flocks.