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Birds by name
Conservation status: Amber
The crane is a huge, graceful, mainly grey bird with long legs, a long neck and drooping, curved tail feathers. Small numbers pass through Britain in spring and autumn, and there is a tiny breeding population in eastern England. Numbers in Europe have declined over the last 300 years because of disturbance, shooting and drainage.
In Britain, migrating cranes are seen mostly in the south and east. The location of the single breeding site is kept secret to protect the birds.
You are most likely to see migrating cranes in Britain in April and early May, occasionally in autumn.
Seeds, crops, insects, snails and worms.
* UK breeding is the number of pairs breeding annually. UK wintering is the number of individuals present from October to March. UK passage is the number of individuals passing through on migration in spring and/or autumn.
Please note that the map is only intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
Patrik Aberg, Xeno-canto