East African Crown Crane
(Balerica regulorum gibberceps)
Status: Endangered.Range: Eastern and southern Africa.Habitat: Marshes and open grasslands.Food: Wide variety of seeds, grasshoppers and other insects, lizards, and worms.Reproduction: Builds grassy nests close to the water. Two to three pale blue eggs are incubated by both parents. Incubation period is 33 days. Nest is defended vigorously from all intruders. Pairs are monogamous.Facts: Known for their frequent and exuberant dancing displays. They become mature in two years.