Wattled Crane

Bugeranus carunculatus

This was definitely one of our most unexpected sightings. We were staying on a concession near Nxai Pan in Botswana, and came across a pair of these vulnerable cranes on one of our afternoon game drives.

With an estimated population of only 8000 birds globally (and approximately 2000 in southern Africa), and being known to reside in wetlands and adjoining grasslands, this was definitely not a species I was expecting to bump into in what is a dry and sandy part of Botswana.

Wattled cranes are the largest of our three crane species, and can be easily distinguished by their white necks and long facial wattles.


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