This elegant crane, that stands about one meter high, is almost
entirely restricted to South Africa in its distribution. The blue
crane is a light blue-grey, has a long neck supporting a rather
bulbous head, long legs and elegant wing plumes which sweep to the
ground. It eats seeds, insects and reptiles. Blue cranes lay their
eggs in the bare veld, often close to water. They are quite common
in the Karoo, but are also seen in the grasslands of KwaZulu-Natal
and the highveld, usually in pairs or small family parties.
The blue crane has a distinctive rattling croak, fairly
high-pitched at call, which can be heard from far away. It is,
however, usually quiet.
The habitat of the blue crane is open grass fields or Karoo-like
plains with low shrubby bushes. It likes wet parts and lays its eggs
on the ground. It grazes in the field and eats seeds, insects and