|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis|
|Phobjikha, Wangdue Phodrang, Bhutan
The Black-necked Crane breeds in high altitude wetlands at between 3,000 and 5,000 metres in Tibet and central and southern China while it winters at lower altitudes down to about 1,500 metres on agricultural land in north-east India, Bhutan and China.
|It is fairly rare with less than 10,000 birds and is classified as Vulnerable by Birdlife International.
It is a greyish crane with black head and neck and a red crown patch. The primaries and secondaries are also black as is the tail.
|These three birds were the last remaining birds at the wintering grounds in Phobjikha. On the 27th March we
watched them on the ground for about 10 minutes before they took off and circled round gaining height. Afetr about half an hour of this the two adult
birds set off to the breeding grounds in Tibet while the juvenile, who we were told was slightly injured, returned to Phobjikha where it was expected
to remain over the summer.
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