Cranes

Gruidae

The most common and widespread crane in Australia is the Brolga Grus rubicunda, a breeding resident that also occurs in Indonesia and PNG. The Sarus Crane G. antigone is more restricted. Both are tall grey birds, with long legs and red heads.

Brolga

Brolga

What does it look like? The Brolga is a large grey crane, with a red head and grey crown. Another species of crane, the Sarus Crane Antigone antigone , which is confined to Australia’s north, can be identified by its dull pink legs (grey in the Brolga), and the red of the head extending down the neck. Where does it live?  It is widespread across tropical northern Australia, southwards through ce...