Blue Crane – South Africa’s National Bird
The Blue Crane Grus paradisea is truly a magnificent creature and worthy of being South Africa’s national bird. It is also known as the Stanley Crane ,the Paradise Crane and some taxonomies consider its scientific name Anthropoides paradiseus. Sadly, because of its small and declining population BirdLife International classifies the Blue Crane as Vulnerable.
A dancing Blue Crane by Adam Riley
Blue Crane photo by Alistair Rae from Wikimedia Commons