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Sandhill Cranes by Dakota Borchard


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Sandhill Cranes by Dakota Borchard

  1. 1. By:Dakota Borchard Sandhill Cranes
  2. 2. <ul><li>The sandhill crane is in the bird family. It lives in marshes, bogs, wet grasslands, and meadows. The sandhill crane eats mostly grains, seeds, and some insects. They can have two eggs per year. The baby feeds itself in about a day and the baby can walk right after it hatches. The eggs are a pale brownish, irregularly marked with dark brown. The wing span is about six inches. Their colors are red on top of the head, yellow on it’s cheek, the body is gray, and it has some brown in it’s body too. The covering is feathers. It has long legs and a long neck. </li></ul>Describtion
  3. 3. Habitat <ul><li>The sandhill crane likes grassy areas. The type of habitat they like the most is fields.They live 20-40 years. They breed in open marshes or bogs and in wet grasslands and meadows. There are some interesting facts about the sandhill cranes. </li></ul>
  4. 4. How Your Animals Live <ul><li>One interesting fact is they have long, fluffy tertials droop down over the tail and primaries. The cranes hold their neck straight both at rest and in flight. They do not tuck in their neck like herons do. Their dark gray legs are extended in flight. They can live to be 20 years old. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Birth and Growth <ul><li>Sandhill cranes don’t breed until it is 2 to 7 years old. The female lays two eggs on a mound of vegetation, independence. Cranes mate for life; both parents feed the young, called “colts”. These birds forage while walking in shallow water or in fields,sometimes probing with their bills. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Interesting Facts <ul><li>Outside of the nesting,they forage in large flocks,often in cultivated areas. In many western states and provinces of Canada, sandhill cranes are hunted during waterflow seasons. While the migratory birds could at least choose secure breeding habitat, the residant populations could not, and many subpopulations were destroyed by hunting or habitat change. They nest in marsh vegetation or on the ground close to water. The Mississippi sandhill crane has become the first bird to have a young hatched were an egg was fertitlized by a sperm that was previously thawed out from a cryogenic state. </li></ul>
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