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Sandhill Crane

Grus canadensis

Sandhillcrane Gallery

About the Sandhill Crane

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

Size:
Height: 4 to 5 feet
Wingspan: 5 to 6 feet

Diet:
A wide variety of plant roots, grains, small mammals, small reptiles, insects and worms.

The Zoo's cranes are Florida sandhill cranes, one of six different sub-species of sandhill cranes. Florida sandhills don't migrate, staying in Florida year-round. Other sub-species travel a great distance between their breeding (summer) and non-breeding (winter) grounds.