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Shanghai, China
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Gruiformes > Gruidae

Red-crowned Crane

Grus japonensis

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Iconic and unmistakable; the crane most commonly depicted in Chinese and Japanese paintings and ceramics. Adults have a white body, scarlet crown, and black secondaries, tail, and neck. Younger birds lack the red crown and have a light brown neck and brownish speckling on the wings. Breeds in marshy meadows and wetlands and spends the winter in fields, marshes, and other open areas.

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