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
2020-01-29 08:08Nalsarovar Outskirts--Shahpur2
2020-02-07 15:03Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary10
2020-02-16 10:25Adroda2
2020-02-08 11:00Nalsarovar Outskirts--Adroda8
2020-02-16 08:20Thol Bird Sanctuary2
2020-02-19 09:12Gobarapura Reservoir2
2020-02-19 08:47Limbasi-Vastana Rd2
2020-01-26 15:53Pariej Lake1
2020-02-01 14:58Maharana Pratap Sagar (Pong Dam)2
2020-02-03 09:51Alania Dam4
2020-02-09 11:30Sariska NP--Mansarovar Lake (Mangalsar Dam)2
2020-02-16 15:31Buranakhedi Wetland2
2020-02-08 13:36IN-Haryana-Baland-Firani Road - 28.804x76.5794
2020-02-10 09:45Dighal3
2020-02-17 09:51Sultanpur National Park2
2020-01-25 12:30Sultanpur National park and Flats2
2020-02-01 08:00Kheda Mankrola HR/IN2
2020-02-11 11:23Najafgarh Jheel Area2
2020-02-02 14:15Mandkaula Wetlands (Palwal)2
2020-02-16 06:39Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary3
2020-02-16 06:55Keoladeo Ghana NP, Bharatpur4
2020-02-02 07:27Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP--Sapan Mori6
2020-02-15 07:43Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East7
2020-02-15 10:30Dhanauri Wetlands8
2020-02-06 18:00Kosi Khurd3
2020-02-19 09:00Ganga Barrage Bijnor2
2020-02-14 15:05Jhilmil Jheel Conservation Reserve2
2020-01-31 06:42Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)2
2020-01-31 08:55Nagla Kanch , Rati Ka Nagla Wetland8
2020-01-31 13:15Patna Pakshi Vihar (Pundhir Bird sanctuary) Etah3
2020-01-22 08:10Haripura Reservoir4
2020-01-22 07:36Junona lake, Chandrapur1
2020-02-02 16:19Zilmili Lake2
2020-02-02 11:30Indira Dam -- Wetlands and reedbed near Dhakawa on south bank4
2020-02-16 07:30Gosainganj Wetlands -- Sri Jharkhandeswar Baba Dham1
2020-02-16 16:48Ang Trapeang Thmor3
2020-01-26 06:33Bengal Florican Reserve3
2020-02-01 07:30Karumba2