Blue Crane (Anthropoides paradisea) - HBW 3, p. 84
French: Grue de paradis
Spanish: Grulla del Paraíso
Other common names: Stanley/Paradise Crane
Taxonomy: Ardea paradisea Lichtenstein, 1793, inner South Africa.
Genus sometimes merged with Grus, but usually considered sufficiently distinct. “Emendation” of species name to paradiseus is not justified. Monotypic.
Distribution: E & S South Africa; small disjunct population in Etosha Pan region of Namibia.
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VideosSee all 13 videos
three adults walking Locality Bontebok National Park, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Tom Heijnen 20 November 2013 44 weeks ago 43 sec 4.7
Two birds walking among Springbok and Zebra at waterhole Locality Etosha National Park, Namibia (Monotypic species)
Desmond Allen 1 September 2013 1 year ago 27 sec 4.4
Pair, calling & drinking Locality Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Roland Bischoff 30 October 2011 3 years ago 46 sec 4.4
Two adult birds dancing Locality Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Helmut Schenkel Brunner 31 July 2004 7 years ago 23 sec 4.4
A close-up of the head of two birds. Locality Vogelpark Walsrode, Walsrode, Lower Saxony, Germany (Monotypic species)
Josep del Hoyo 12 August 2006 5 years ago 35 sec 4.3
An adult foraging in an arable field Locality Bredasdorp, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Greg Baker 1 October 2002 2 years ago 31 sec 4.2
PhotosSee all 39 photos
Pair in courtship dance
Locality Bredasdorp, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Roland Bischoff 20 August 2008 4 years ago 4.6
Portrait of the adult bird.
Locality Blackbrook Zoological Park, Winkhill, Staffordshire, England, Great Britain (Monotypic species)
Tomasz Doroń 20 June 2009 2 years ago 4.3
Locality Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South Africa
jmdebruyn 3 February 2013 2 years ago 4.3
A pair foraging in a grassy field.
Locality Wakkerstroom Biosphere Reserve, Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
David Beadle 16 January 2011 2 years ago 4.2
Male and female
Locality Malgas, Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Guy Poisson 28 November 2012 2 years ago 4.2
A bird feeding in a field together with Egyptian Goose (on the background)
Locality Swellendam, Western Cape Province, South Africa (Monotypic species)
Luis Mario Arce 28 October 2014 14 weeks ago 4