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 1 year 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 6 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 40 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 25 weeks ago 4