Sarus Crane

 Sarus Crane, the only resident breeding crane in India  is considered a threatened species. Loss of wetland areas, damage by humans and pesticides has seriously declined the population of Sarus Crane. It  prefers wetlands to live, I have taken these pictures in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It is omnivorous and it’s diet includes frogs, reptiles, eggs of birds, turtles eggs, invertebrates, butterflies, grasshoppers, tubers of aquatic plants, cereals, berries, seeds etc. Sarus Crane reaches sexual maturity at 5-6 years of age and usually breeds during the monsoon season.

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