One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An African crane with a yellowish bristly crest, a mainly black or dark gray body, much white on the wings, and pink and white cheeks.
Genus Balearica, family Gruidae: two species, in particular the(black) crowned crane (B. pavonina)
- ‘The other species of crane that is in Zambia, is the crowned crane, a very common bird on the Kafue Flats and Luangwa valley.’
- ‘In separate marsh habitats there are cranes too, the crowned crane from Africa, the Manchurian crane from the Orient and our own Sarus.’
- ‘So far taxonomists have identified less than two million distinct species, mostly mammals and birds, such as this crowned crane of East Africa.’
- ‘It houses over 50 individual birds made up of 12 different species including the sacred ibis, crowned cranes, hammerkop, white-cheeked touraco and lilac breasted roller.’
- ‘We came across approximately 150 gray crowned cranes - Uganda's national bird - feeding in pastures.’
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