Samburu National Reserve in North Kenya with its semi-arid landscape is an excellent place for birding. Every game drive will ensure a rich haul of birds. It was during one such game drive that I saw these grey-crowned cranes feeding on the grasslands.
Now, I have seen a lot of cranes in India. Even the Sarus Crane. But, the grey-crowned crane looks majestic with its crown that totally glows in the sun. Its red colours are a total contrast to its grey coat and make it look even prettier.
This bird, which is the national bird of Uganda feeds on insects and other invertebrates, reptiles, small mammals, as well as grass seeds.The male and female look similar, though the male is slightly taller than the female.
They are one of the few crane species to roost in trees as they have a long hind toe that can grasp branches easily. It has a booming call, which involves inflation of the red gular sac.