The most threatened crane with less than 4,000 specimens
Among the 15 species of crane, the Siberian Crane is the most threatened: it is even in critical danger of extinction, its population in the wild being estimated at less than 4,000 specimens!
This splendid bird, with its white, elegant plumage and a bright red face and legs, measures 1m40.
It has a varied diet, consisting not only of plants but also of fish and, occasionally, of small rodents that it finds in its favourite habitat: the wetlands of the Siberian tundra, during reproductive season, and those of China or India during winter.
Like all cranes, the Siberian Crane indulges in a complex courtship parade during which the couple dances, calls, hops and twirls.
Its rapid decline is mainly due to the destruction of its winter habitat, in both China and India. Pairi Daiza is taking part in an international protection programme, previously by breeding birds to assure genetic diversity, and currently by providing financial aid to programmes on-site in Siberia.
In Pairi Daiza, you can observe the Siberian Crane
A “critically endangered” species
- Name: Siberian Crane
- Latin name: Leucogeranus leucogeranus
- Origin: Siberia, China
- IUCN status: Critically endangered
- Cites: Appendix I