Crowned Gray Crane

Gray-crowned crane

Balearica regulorum

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

Gray-crowned cranes have predominantly gray plumage that contrasts sharply with black and white wings, a crest of golden feathers sitting on top of their heads and bright red gular pouches that hangs from their throats. Their heads are black with large white cheek patches, while their necks are 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.