The sarus crane is the world's tallest flying bird. An adult male may stand up to six feet tall.
Sarus cranes are the only resident breeding cranes in India and Southeast Asia. In many regions, especially areas dominated by the Hindu religion, local traditions and religious beliefs have protected the sarus crane.

However, despite these protections the sarus crane is suffering a rapid population decline. Loss and degradation of wetlands due to agricultural expansion, industrial expansion, and pollutants continually threaten the survival of the sarus crane.

1 comment:

Karen said...

Beautiful bird and photo.