|Black-necked Crane Grus nigricollis|
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
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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