The sandhill crane is a very interesting and smart animal. To help them from getting attacked by predators, the crane will paint its feathers in mud. This mud in turn will help them camouflage with their surroundings. Did you know that Sandhill cranes will keep themselves in large groups so that there is always someone on watch for predators? This proves all in itself that the Sandhill crane is very intelligent.
Photos: Nesting, Eggs, Adults from Brown to Grey
To some, the Sandhill crane can be somewhat obnoxious. When preparing to mate, the crane will make loud and annoying noises. This can get tiring after a while. If you happen to be taking a nice drive down the back roads in Wisconsin, you might get the chance to see a Sandhill crane in a nearby field or even flying overhead. These cranes are known to be hanging out in the many fields of this state.
Name: Sandhill Crane
Scientific Name: Grus canadensis
Measurements: height: 34-48in, weight: 6-10lbs, wingspan: 7ft
Habitat: marshes and wetlands
Diet: worms, grasshoppers, snails, frogs, seeds, snakes, birds, and mice
Behavior: migrate during fall and spring, migrate in large flocks
Reproduction: 1-2 eggs, both parents incubate them, 30 day gestation, babies born in May, and re-nest if predators steal eggs.
Predators: humans, dogs, wolves, coyotes, crows, ravens, hawks, and eagles
Life Expectancy: up to 24 years old in captivity
Extra Facts: live w/ same mate for up to 30 years, can hear their calls from two miles away on a quiet day.
Part of Wisconsin it generally resides: all throughout Wisconsin.