- 47.2 in
- 78.7 in
- 119.9–172.8 oz
- Grue Canadienne, Grue de Canada (French)
- Grulla, Grulla Cenicienta, Grulla del Canada (Spanish)
- The Sandhill Crane does not breed until it is two to seven years old. It can live up to the age of 20. Mated pairs stay together year round, and migrate south as a group with their offspring.
Breeds in open marshes or bogs, and in wet grasslands and meadows. Feed in marshes and grain fields.
Mostly grains and seeds, some insects, other invertebrates, and small vertebrates.
- Egg Description
- Pale brownish, irregularly marked with darker brown.
- Condition at Hatching
- Covered with down and able to walk soon after hatching. Feed themselves within one day.
Large mound of vegetation in water, floating or attached to vegetation.
One of the few crane species in the world that is still common. Mississippi and Cuban populations endangered.
- Tacha, T. C., S. A. Nesbitt, and P. A. Vohs. 1992. Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis). In The Birds of North America, No. 31 (A. Poole, P. Stettenheim, and F. Gill, Eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, DC: The American Ornithologists' Union.