whooping crane - Grus americana - head
Contributor:gary corbett / Alamy Stock Photo
File size:30.5 MB (1.1 MB Compressed download)
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Dimensions:4000 x 2667 px | 33.9 x 22.6 cm | 13.3 x 8.9 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:27 February 2012
The whooping crane (Grus americana), the tallest North American bird, is an endangered crane species named for its whooping sound. In 2003, there were about 153 pairs of whooping cranes. Along with the sandhill crane, it is one of only two crane species found in North America. The whooping crane's lifespan is estimated to be 22 to 24 years in the wild. After being pushed to the brink of extinction by unregulated hunting and loss of habitat to just 21 wild and two captive whooping cranes by 1941, conservation efforts have led to a limited recovery. As of February 2015, the total population was 603 including 161 captive birds