Sandhill Crane

(Grus canadensis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Sandhill Crane

NatureServe

N4B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S4B,SNRM - Apparently Secure Breeding, Unranked Migrant

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Uncommon breeder; uncommon to common migrant

Habitat

Shallow marshes

Size

42 to 48 in length

72 to 84 wingspan

. Photo by Bill Reynolds

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Migration

Late March to early May and early September to early December


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Taxonomy
BirdLive International (Avibase) and International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resource (IUCN) place Sandhill Crane in the genus Antigone, but this has not been widely accepted.

Populations
There are five populations of the Sandhill Crane subspecies tabida in North America. They differ morphologically but have not been differentiated taxonomically. Two of the populations are resident in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota DNR, “...cranes in northwest Minnesota belong to the mid-continent population while those in central and east-central Minnesota belong to the eastern population.”


Taxonomy

Order:

Gruiformes (coots, cranes, and rails)

 

Family:

Gruidae (cranes)

Subordinate Taxa

Canadian Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis rowani)

Cuban Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis nesiotes)

Florida Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pratensis)

Greater Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis tabida)

Lesser Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis canadensis)

Mississippi Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis pulla)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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Sandhill Crane in wetlands of Sherburne Co

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  Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge is located in the east central region of the state, approximately 50 miles northwest of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area and 30 miles southeast of St. Cloud. The refuge protects 30,700 acres of habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife.

       
       
       

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Uploaded on Dec 15, 2010

A special close-up look at the Sandhill cranes stopping over at the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area in Medaryville, Indiana.

 
     
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Uploaded on Sep 17, 2007

http://www.kristenwestlake.net/galleries/002Wildlife/Birds/Sandhill-Cranes/ for pictures from my Sandhill crane Gallery.

The Sandhill Cranes at a flyway East of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

 
     

 

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Published on Jan 12, 2013

Experience the wonder of Nebraska's Great Sandhill Crane Migration with the Crane Trust.

 
     
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Uploaded on May 2, 2011

Three Sandhill Cranes, likely a family group of two adults and a juvenile, respond to the calls of a group of Sandhill Cranes flying past. This was filmed on May 1, 2011 in Far North Bicentennial Park, Anchorage, Alaska. The video starts with the likely juvenile Sandhill Crane hunting for Wood Frogs. The first call of the distant cranes is heard around 1:00. Where the two likely adults are first seen, the male is probably the one on the right. The entire calling episode is included.

 
     
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2011

This pair of Sandhill Cranes have taken up residence on our farm.

Dancing is emblematic of cranes. For birds that are usually cautious and often secretive, dancing draws attention and furthermore it is energy-expensive. Dancing is frequent in the lives of cranes because it establishes social relationships, announces territorial claims, cements decades-long pair bonding, and hastens the education of the young. It looks like fun and, sometimes, it may be play.

Source: http://www.christyyuncker.com/WhyCranesDance.shtml

 
     
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Published on Nov 19, 2012

Jim Bergens, Property Manager at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area, discusses why Sandhill Cranes converge on Jasper-Pulaski FWA each year in the Fall and Spring and how to best view them. For more information about Jasper-Pulaski FWA, visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3091.htm and to learn more about Sandhill Cranes, visit: http://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/3109.htm

 
     
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  Sandhill Cranes 2.. Minnesota River Valley National Wildlife Refuge 10/7
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Published on Oct 8, 2012

The clouds are free only to go with the wind...

As in all migratory cranes, the spring journey to the Breeding grounds is far more urgent than the return in autumn. In a week or two, even the last Sandhills lift from the river bottoms, calling to their kind to follow as they circle higher into hard March skies, a few families of Whooping Cranes come from the south. Arriving later in the season, not lingering long, the unsociable whoopers ignore the last of the Sandhills clusters or chase them from their feeding grounds and roosts. Sandhills, like Whooping Cranes are diurnal migrants, taking advantage of the warm thermals and using "spiral gliding" flight wherever possible to conserve energy. Both species are thought to drive off their last year's young during spring migration, and since juveniles lack the reproductive urge that might propel them further north, they often wander. Forming orderly companies over the river valley, the circling Sandhills take their bearings on distant Breeding grounds in the sub-Arctic, fanning out like flights of mighty arrows. Many of the lesser Sandhill's will point toward the Yukon delta in the far northwest and the shine of the north Pacific....and some will cross the ice strewn water of the Bering Strait, gliding and soaring on cold Arctic winds toward the white horizons of Siberia..

 
     

 

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Bill Reynolds
5/8/2017

Location: Pennington County

Here is a Sandhill Crane in my backyard.

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Joel Motylinski
8/2/2016

Location: Oakdale , Mn. Washington County

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Wayne Rasmussen
6/8/2016

Location: Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge

Sandhill Crane in wetlands of Sherburne Co

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