African Crowned Crane

Our African Crowned Crane, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MA

Where to find the African Crowned Crane (besides Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA!)
African CraneFacts
African Crowned Crane
Balearica pavonina

Life Span
25-40s years
39-41 inches
Average Weight
8 lbs
Group Name
Group Size
Name of Young

Our African Crowned Crane, found at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon MAFacts

  • African crowned cranes have long slender limbs and necks. This crane also has a distinctive crown of gold feathers. They may stand up to 3 ft tall and may have a wingspan of 6 ft. They live in grasslands and marshy areas. Their height allows them to see over the tall grasses.
  • These cranes form monogamous pairs remaining together for their entire life. Outside of the breeding season, pairs will often come together to form flocks. Adult cranes reinforce their paired bonds by dancing for and with each other.
  • Crowned cranes are opportunistic omnivores and will eat grasses, lizards, insects, and small mammals. They are often seen stamping on the ground to stir up insects.
  • During the day they spend their time on the ground. At night, however, they roost in the trees to avoid predators.

Did You Know?

African crowned cranes are well known for their elaborate displays. Their extravagant dances often include bowing, leaping, and spreading their wings. Cranes dance to strengthen bonds and possibly to relieve anxiety.