Blue Crane

Anthropoides paradiseus (endemic)

One of three crane species in southern Africa, this blue-grey crane with its long tail and bulbous head is the only endemic crane to southern Africa. It is also our national bird and is unfortunately considered vulnerable from a conservation perspective.

We first recorded this beautiful crane in August 2010 on our way to the West Coast National Park from Cape Town.


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