The sarus crane (Grus antigone) is a large non-migratory crane found in parts of the Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. The tallest of the flying birds, standing at a height of up to 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in), they are conspicuous and iconic species of open wetlands. The sarus crane is easily distinguished from other cranes in the region by the overall grey colour and the contrasting red head and upper neck. They forage on marshes and shallow wetlands for roots, tubers, insects, crustaceans and small vertebrate prey. Like other cranes, they form long-lasting pair-bonds and maintain territories within which they perform territorial and courtship displays that include loud trumpeting, leaps and dance-like movements. In India they are considered symbols of marital fidelity, believed to mate for life and pine the loss of their mates even to the point of starving to death. The main breeding season is during the rainy season, when the pair builds an enormous nest "island", a circular platform of reeds and grasses nearly two metres in diameter and high enough to stay above the shallow water surrounding it. Sarus crane numbers have declined greatly in the last century and it has been estimated that the current population is a tenth or less (perhaps 2.5%) of the numbers that existed in the 1850s. The stronghold of the species is in India, where it is traditionally revered and lives in agricultural lands in close proximity to humans. Elsewhere, the species has been extirpated in many parts of its former range.
Sarus Crane
Date Location Count
2020-09-13 08:36Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary1
2020-08-30 12:50Rohni2
2020-09-12 17:34Limbasi-Vastana Rd6
2020-09-13 07:10Pariej Lake1
2020-09-14 06:36Budhera WTP, Gurgaon2
2020-09-16 09:42Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP2
2020-09-17 17:58Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP--Sapan Mori4
2020-09-03 06:00Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East7
2020-09-09 06:30Dhanauri Wetlands4
2020-09-16 14:09Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve3
2020-09-11 16:58Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)5
2020-08-23 15:30Nagla Kanch , Rati Ka Nagla Wetland37
2020-09-03 14:00Serpur bird sanctuary, Paraswada Lake2
2020-09-13 14:48Lumbini Farmlands and Important Bird Area1
2020-08-29 18:35Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-hunting Area (general area)1
2020-09-12 09:18Weipa3
2020-09-15 10:47Uningan Nature Reserve3
2020-08-23 11:00Savannah Way at L Creek15
2020-08-31 17:52Karumba Point16
2020-09-19 07:00Karumba8
2020-08-25 10:09Karumba Road--roadside wetland10
2020-08-25 10:45Normanton East wetland S Burke Developmental Rd10
2020-09-08 13:52Mutton Hole Wetland, Normanton13
2020-08-21 12:55Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park--Nifold Plain at -14.60813, 143.930113
2020-08-22 18:08Cobbold Gorge2
2020-08-22 06:54Rinyirru National Park--Twelve Mile Waterhole and Campground4
2020-09-12 07:33Forever Wild Shared Earth Reserve (restricted access)
2020-08-31 15:24Dam on Springvale Rd, Wondecla3
2020-09-10 15:00Hasties Swamp National Park4
2020-09-07 17:12Hasties Swamp Bird Hide8
2020-09-10 16:32Forsyth Rd, Atherton15
2020-09-10 07:00Dalip Road, Atherton at -17.29664, 145.5202683
2020-09-05 10:03Kairi district75
2020-09-18 15:37Lake Tinaroo, Education Centre, Black Gully Rd3
2020-08-30 17:25Bromfield Swamp2