Whooping Crane Identification

The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Whooping Cranes are very large, tall birds with long necks and long legs. The bill is stout and straight; the overall slender body widens to a plump “bustle” at the tail. In flight the wings are broad and the neck is fully extended.

    Relative Size

    One of North America’s largest birds. About as tall but much heavier than a Great Blue Heron.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger
    Measurements
    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 59.1 in (150 cm)
      • Weight: 211.6-275.1 oz (6000-7800 g)
      • Wingspan: 90.2 in (229 cm)