Wattled Crane

The function of the "wattles" in the wattled crane is not known. However, the size of the wattles increases during aggression and decreases when the bird is afraid or submissive.

This is the largest and most water-dependant of the African cranes. It is vulnerable to habitat degredation from agriculture and damming of waterways.

Africa

At A Glance

Habitat

African Wetlands

Diet

Aquatic vegetation, tubers, rhizomes, seeds, small reptiles, frogs and insects

Location

Southern Africa & Ethiopia