Keep these fun facts and tips handy
for the next time a crane swoops by:
- There are no species of cranes in Antarctica and South America.
- According to Japanese folklore, if one folds 1,000 origami cranes,
then a wish for health is granted.
- Look up in the sky! Is that a crane? In flight, cranes are often
mistaken for herons, White Pelicans, and other birds. To differentiate,
cranes fly with their necks fully extended and perform a running
start before take off. Whooping cranes possess black markings on
their wing tips which are only visible in flight.
- “Craniac” is the nickname given
to those who love all things cranes.
- What a Whooper! Averaging 5-feet in height, Whooping cranes are
the tallest species of birds in North America.
- In synch! “Unison calls” are more
synchronous in older pairs of cranes, than with their younger
- The word pedigree is comes from the
French phrase “pie
de grue” or crane’s foot. Old genealogical charts represent
offspring with forked lines extending from the names of their parents.
The resulting line pattern looks like the foot of a crane.
- Sandhills are the most abundant species of cranes in the world.
- Some believe the term “cranberry” comes
from word “crane berry.” This
bird was commonly seen eating these berries, which grew where nests
were constructed. Yet, others believe that when cranberry flowers
dip down, they resemble the head of a crane.
Resources for this article have been provided
by the Journey
American Crane Working Group and the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.