Globally Endangered (EN) (Source: IUCN Red List)

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  • Scientific Names
    • Grus americana
  • Spanish
    • Grulla blanca
  • English
    • Whooping Crane
  • Aou 4 Letter Codes
    • WHCR
  • French
    • grue blanche

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

April 4, 2016 06:38 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

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What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

sheliahargis

Date

April 10, 2016 02:25 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Heading north.

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

txlorax

Date

April 4, 2016 11:03 AM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I heard them squawking and expected to see Sandhills. They were circling right over the house but I had to run get a camera with a telephoto lens. By the time I got back outside they had moved north. Right after these pictures they formed a "v" and headed north.

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

jay

Date

March 4, 2016 07:25 AM MST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

philipwoodscc

Date

March 3, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Two Whooping Crane at a pond by the Big Tree

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

bcornette

Date

March 10, 2013 01:28 PM CDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

scottbuckel

Date

February 21, 2016 09:02 AM CST

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(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

cullen

Date

February 6, 2016 10:16 AM CST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

A family on territory at Aransas NWR

Photos / Sounds

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What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

cullen

Date

February 6, 2016 08:25 AM CST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

kucycads

Date

January 30, 2016

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

3 total

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What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

fm5050

Date

January 18, 2016 03:24 PM EST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

With Sandhill Cranes. Known wintering area for reintroduced birds.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Whooping Crane Grus americana

Observer

ordoneznikki

Date

the past

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Rockport whooping crane tour

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Description from Wikipedia

The Whooping Crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound. In 2003, there were about 153 pairs of whooping cranes. Along with the Sandhill Crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The Whooping Crane's lifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of...

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Conservation Summary

  • Globally
    Endangered (EN) (Source: IUCN Red List)
    Critically imperiled (G1) (Source: NatureServe)
    Critically Imperiled. One self-sustaining population nests in Canada, winters primarily along the Texas coast; two additional reintroduced populations (one migrates Wisconsin-Florida, one nonmigratory in Florida); historically much more widespread; total wild population in 2006 was 338; with about 135 in captive flocks; numbers increasing; problems include habitat degradation, low productivity associated with drought, and mortality from collisions with powerlines along lengthy migratory route.
Source: BirdLife International (2011) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 31/07/2011.
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