Rocky Mountain Sandhill CraneGrus Canadensis
Facts About Rocky Mountain Sandhill CraneSize: About 4’ tall with a wingspan that can measure greater than 6’.
Color: Adults are mostly gray and with a crimson crown on their head; young birds are rust-colored.
Lifespan: Up to 25 years (though some have been recorded to live much longer).
Crane or Heron? Cranes fly with their necks straight while herons fly with their necks curved.
Page Photo Credits Sandhill crane mother and chick / Lauri Griffin ©
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2014