Hindi name: Saras
Saras crane is tallest flying bird.
Saras crane is found in parts of Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia and Australia. It is large, non-migratory bird.
How does the bird appear…
It is a large bird. It has grey crown, head and part of neck are bare and red. Bill is greenish-grey and pointed. It shows grey ear covert patch. Iris is orange-red. Body and wings are grey, wings show black tips which can be seen in flight. Legs are long and pink. Both sexes are similar in plumage.
Juvenile shows fully feathered brown-grey head and yellow at the base of bill.
Habitat: Where to find this bird?
It usually prefers wetland but is also seen in uncultivated patches of flooded rice paddies
It feeds on insects, aquatic plants, fish, frogs, crustaceans and seeds. It occasionally takes water snakes, eggs of birds, turtles etc. It also feds on grains from cultivated crops .
Breeding & Nesting
Saras crane is believed to pair for life. It breeds mainly during monsoon in India. Nest is platform like structure placed in shallow water. Eggs are incubated by both parents. Chicks are fed by parents in few early days and after that they are able to feed on their own.
An Indian 14-seater propeller aircraft, the Saras, is named after the bird.