Whooping Crane Grus americana


The Whooping Crane is 4.9 feet standing at a mature age, with a wingspan of 7.5 feet. Weight ranging from 14lb to 16lb. At matured age the Whooping Crane is white with a red crown and a long, dark brown bill along with dark legs and a long neck. While their young are a beautiful cinnamon brown color.


Blue: Breeding/summer home, Orange: Winter home, Green: Year-round destination, Pink: Flight path

Reasons At Risk

  • Destruction/poor quality of Habitat
  • Lack of food resources
  • Catastrophic events in Habitat areas

What is Being Done?

The Whooping Crane is now protected by the "Species At Risk Act" making it illegal to kill, harm or collect adults, young or eggs.





Created with images by B A Bowen Photography - "Endangered Whooping Crane" • USFWS Headquarters - "Whooping Crane (Grus americana)" • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region - "Chick" • amberlangeloni - "whooping crane crane bird" • Bird Brian - "BVR_5756" • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region - "Whooping Cranes" • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region - "Whooping crane (Federally endangered) pair feed and rest at Patokah River National Wildlife Refuge in Indiana on their migration south." • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region - "Adult Whooping Crane, WCEP"

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