RED-CROWNED CRANES

by Eiki Sato

Description

  • kingdom:Anamalia, phylum:Chordata, class:Aves, order:Gruifoarmes, family:gruidae, and genius:grus
  • white primary feathers with black secondary feathers
  • black neck, white nape, and red crown
  • height:150cm, wingspan:220-250cm, and weight:7-10kg
  • mainly communicate by voice

Habitat

  • live in Asia
  • mainly two groups:migrating and non-migrating
  • migrating:northeast China and southeast Russia
  • non-migrating:Hokkaido, Japan
  • winter:Korea, Jiungsu, and central east China
  • terrain:winter:rivers and freshwater marshes
  • terrain:summer:coastal salt marshes, rice paddies, and cultivated fields
  • climate: humid continental, subarctic, and semiarid
  • build nests on the ground

Adaptation

  • adaptation toward cold temperature
  • depend on eye sights and hearing skills for protection
  • cranes have beaks, well eyes, and the ability to fly
  • East Asia species do migrate, but Hokkaido's don't
  • when in search of food, they look for specific shapes and patterns
  • when cranes mate, they are together until they die, but will replace dead partners

Food Chain

  • insects, aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, small rodents, waste grains, reeds, grasses, heath berries, and corn
  • find food in deep water marshes, dikes, rice fields, and other croplands
  • all cranes are omnivores
  • predators to insects, aquatic invertebrates, fish, amphibians, and small rodents
  • whether being a prey or not depends on the place, but human is the biggest prey

reasons for endangerment

  • mainly two reasons
  • human hunt for food and as sport
  • habitat loss due to human development and destroying of historic breeding wetlands
  • WWII killed most of the cranes that lived in Hokkaido

critical information

  • became the national treasure of Japan, leading them to have less chance of being hunted
  • organization called Tancho Protection Group(tancho is the japanese name of the red-crowned cranes) protect the cranes in Japan
  • Tancho Protection Group is in Hokkaido and gives out food and shelter for the cranes in winter
most of this information was taken from (oibird) and (savecrane)

work cited

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"Page D'accueil." Page D'accueil. Web. 31 May 2012. <http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/>. (oibird)
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