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About White-naped Cranes

White-naped cranes are a tall, elegant bird species with pink legs and dark gray plumage and silver-gray wings. The bird's hind neck, nape and top of the head are white, and its eyes are surrounded by a deep red patch of skin. Male and female white-naped cranes are virtually indistinguishable from one another, although in breeding pairs females tend to choose larger males.

White-naped cranes are a somewhat social species. In many portions of their range, white-naped cranes can be found in the company of other crane species. For example, though this species prefers habitats that are less aquatic than the red-crowned crane’s, these species will share the same breeding range. They prefer areas where their nests can be concealed and there is little grazing pressure.

White-Naped Crane at the Akron Zoo

White-naped cranes can be found in the zoo’s Legends of the Wild area.

  • Khing – male, band on his right leg, born July 9, 2019
  • Yena – female, band on her left leg, born July 10, 2019

Khing and Yena are brother and sister.