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

The Brolga is a large (110 to 134cm) grey crane, with a red head and grey crown. It is widespread across tropical northern Australia, southwards through central New South Wales to western Victoria.  Within these areas it can be found in wetlands, coastal mudflats, grasslands, woodlands, crops and, less frequently mangrove-studded creeks and estuaries. Although omnivorous, the Brolga prefers to ...