Other birds

Morphology

Weight
from 1.5 to 3 kg
Height
from 0.90 to 1 m
Length
Wingspan : from 1.65 to 1.85 m

Classification

Classe
Birds
Family
Other birds
Grus virgo
 

diet

The demoiselle crane mainly feeds on tender shoots and seeds. It also eats small insects and small invertebrates.
 

Reproduction - lifespan

Demoiselle cranes reach their sexual maturity between 3 and 4 years.
They build their nests between April and May each year. They prefer to settle on the ground in a grassy steppe area.
The female usually lays two eggs that are incubated by both parents for 27 to 29 days.
The young remain with their parents until the migration season in autumn.
 

Habitat - distribution

The demoiselle crane lives throughout Europe and central Asia: from Turkey to Mongolia and China.
They are found in desert areas or humid grasslands and also in mountains or plains.
European and Asian populations migrate to Africa for the winter.
 

did you know ?

The demoiselle crane is the smallest of the cranes.