Zoo Animals


Gray-crowned crane

Balearica regulorum

At the Detroit Zoo
The gray-crowned cranes can be found in the African birds habitat in the African Forest from April through September.

The gray-crowned crane has predominantly gray plumage that contrasts sharply with black and white wings, a crest of golden feathers sitting on top of the head and a bright red gular pouch that hangs from the throat. Its head is black with large white cheek patches, while the neck is pale gray.

Fun Facts

  • Gray-crowned cranes are the only species of crane that can roost in trees due to a prehensile hind toe that allows them to grasp tree limbs.