Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus

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A small, elegant, uniformly blue-gray crane that dwells in open habitats in pairs and variably sized groups. The bulbous head, plain face lacking any naked skin, and lack of contrast in the wings are distinctive. It is a resident and partial nomad in semi-desert, grassland, and cereal cropland. A staccato, bugling “kkk-kk-kk-kk-krraaak” call often first gives them away.

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