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
2020-11-29 08:36Nalsarovar Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-15 14:50Tarakpur Dam3
2020-11-22 12:57Gobarapura Reservoir48
2020-11-19 16:19Juni Akhol4
2020-11-25 07:22Limbasi-Vastana Rd30
2020-11-14 14:09Narda Wetland2
2020-11-29 15:50Pariej Lake36
2020-11-06 21:35Alania Dam8
2020-11-01 11:20Yeshwant Sagar3
2020-11-20 07:00Bilavali lake4
2020-11-06 06:58Buranakhedi Wetland3
2020-11-20 11:10Baroda Daulat Village Pond6
2020-11-22 07:00Baroda daulat2
2020-11-14 07:56Dighal2
2020-11-29 10:00Madothi jahjjar HR/IN6
2020-11-08 09:00Budhera WTP, Gurgaon2
2020-11-22 08:00Dharampur (Najafgarh) Gurgaon1
2020-11-29 07:37Bharatpur--Keoladeo Ghana NP2
2020-11-28 12:45Dhanauri Wetlands -- Dhanauri Kalan East12
2020-11-29 13:37Dhanauri Wetlands11
2020-11-08 07:50Jodhpur Jhal Bird Sanctuary2
2020-11-28 08:00Haiderpur Wetlands -- Madhya Ganga Canal Trail3
2020-11-29 09:00Haiderpur Wetlands and Ganga Barrage2
2020-11-28 12:14Sheikha Jheel (IBA IN-UP-21)5
2020-11-08 07:22Nagla Kanch , Rati Ka Nagla Wetland18
2020-11-29 07:15Patna Pakshi Vihar (Pundhir Bird sanctuary) Etah4
2020-11-28 09:40Saneh, Lansdowne Forest Division3
2020-12-01 07:59Anardevi Rajaram Inter College, Pratappur road,Shikohabad1
2020-11-25 07:53Sarus Crane Wetlands Saifai near Kirthua18
2020-11-06 11:08Sandi Pakshi Vihar (Sandi Bird Sanctuary)4
2020-11-28 15:30Dudhwa National Park3
2020-11-22 14:40Malookpur Wetland3
2020-11-17 07:00Huai Chorakhe Mak Reservoir Non-hunting Area (general area)4
2020-11-28 06:30Karumba6
2020-11-14 10:31Karumba Golf Course1
2020-11-22 05:45Normanton-Floraville Rd, Bynoe River crossing3
2020-11-21 14:28Karumba Road--roadside wetland1
2020-11-21 11:50Normanton3
2020-11-19 13:11Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park--White Lily Lagoon4
2020-11-12 05:30Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park4
2020-11-21 08:19Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park--Old Laura Homestead and river crossing15
2020-11-18 15:37Dam at -17.0666, 145.3742 (Chewko Rd, Walkamin)4
2020-11-07 17:04Hasties Swamp National Park30
2020-11-01 15:00Hasties Swamp Bird Hide2
2020-11-10 11:38Kennedy Hwy at Hastie Rd16
2020-11-19 01:25Marks Lane fields2
2020-11-19 15:27Dalip Road, Atherton at -17.29664, 145.5202627
2020-11-21 14:09Kairi district2
2020-11-07 06:25Bonadio RV Park6
2020-11-01 16:43Bromfield Swamp Viewing Platform7