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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Though Sandhill Cranes (family Gruidae) are tall, leggy birds. They are not known so much as waders, but as grazers. From the aggressive attacks I’ve witnessed by Red-Winged Blackbirds in Utah and North-Eastern California, the cranes may prey on nests while in their breeding range. Unlike their taller cousin the Whooping Crane, this species in not threatened, and while their cousins migrate in pairs or small family groups, Sandhill Cranes fly in formation in large flocks, often so high as to go unnoticed except for their haunting calls.

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