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Black-Necked Crane

Grus nigricollis

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About the Black-Necked Crane

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Class: Aves  
Order: Gruiformes  
Family: Gruidae  
Genus: Grus  
Species: nigricollis 

As its name implies, the black-necked crane’s head, throat and entire neck is black. The crane has a white patch beneath the eye, a red crown and white body plumage. This large, wading bird can out-run a human and is a good swimmer despite its lack of webbed feet. Its native range is in South Asia, where the birds have long been held in high regard by Asian cultures and often appear in regional artwork.