The crowned crane is a fairly large bird standing about 3ft tall. They can weigh up to 9 pounds. They have a red pouch called a “gular pouch” that hangs from their throats. These birds do not migrate but will make local and seasonal movements according to the food resources, the nest-site availability and the rains.
The crowned cranes are omnivores and consume many types of prey including seeds, insects, grasses, fish and other invertebrate. The grey crowned crane has a long hind toe which can grasp a branch allowing them to roost in trees.