Florida Sandhill cranes like wide open spaces for grazing and performing their elaborate courtship dance. My property is too densely planted for their liking, but just over the fence in my neighbor's clear-cut acres of grass, they make a daily appearance.
These are big birds, standing four foot tall at rest, with a wingspan of 6-8 feet. Florida's Sandhill cranes are a threatened species that do not adapt well to changing environments or high human populations. They are non-migratory and their population is only about 4,000 individuals. Every winter they are joined by about 25,000 migratory Greater Sandhill cranes.
Sandhill cranes can live up to 20 years, and they remain with the same mate for several years. They are omnivores and will eat a wide variety of plant and animal matter.
Hear the call of the Sandhill crane here.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Southwest Florida Water Management District
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