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Whooping Crane

Grus americana

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Larger, pure white, rare cousin of the Sandhill Crane. One of the tallest bird in North America, striking and unmistakable: brilliant white overall with black wingtips and a red crown and mustache. Male and female similar; juvenile stained cinnamon-brown and lacks red on face. Only a couple hundred individuals left in the wild, but population slowly increasing.

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