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Whooping Crane
(endangered)


Whooping CraneSize - 49 to 56 inches long
Habitat - Marshes and river flood-plains.
Nesting - The nest is a large mound of plant matter in the marsh or on dry ground.
Eggs - 1 to 3, buff or greenish, spotted with reddish brown and lilac. Incubation about 33-35 days, by both parents. Young first fly at 14 to 18 weeks, and remain with the parents until the following spring.
Food - Mainly fish, amphibians, and mollusks.
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Sandhill Crane

Sandhill CraneSize - 34-48 inches long
Habitat - Marshes, prairies, and Arctic tundra.
Nesting - The nest is a large mound of plant matter in the marsh or on dry ground.
Eggs - 1 to 3, buff or olive, spotted with reddish brown and lilac. Incubation about 30-32 days, by both parents. Young first fly at 10 weeks, and remain with the parents until the following spring.
Food - Grain, small animals, and insects.

Snowy Egret

snowy egretSize - 22-26 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes, lakes, lagoons, swamps, and ponds.
Nesting - The nest is a platform of sticks on the ground, a bush, or a tree. 5-30 feet above ground or water.
Eggs - 1 to 6, pale blue or greenish. Incubation 20-24 days, by both parents.
Food - Fish, frogs, and snakes.

Cattle Egret

Cattle egretSize - 19-21 inches long.
Habitat - Marshes, swamps, fields, stock pens, and airstrips.
Nesting - The nest is a cup of sticks and twigs 5-12 feet above the ground or water.
Eggs - 2 to 6, pale blue. Incubation 22-26 days, by both parents. Young leave nest about 4 weeks after hatching. Nests in colonies.
Food - Frogs, earthworms, and insects.





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