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The Surprising Link Between Egg Shape and Bird Flight
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Baby Bird from Time of Dinosaurs Found Fossilised in Amber
The 99-million-year-old hatchling from the Cretaceous Period is the best preserved of its kind.
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Ravens Hold Grudges Against Cheaters
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Watch: Giant Wasp vs. Giant Spider Battle Ends With a Twist
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Here's Why The World's Smallest Birds Are As Tough As Diamonds
Hummingbirds are tough—so tough they've evolved a clever way of coping with the cold.
About Whooping Crane

Whooping cranes nearly vanished in the mid-20th century, with a 1941 count finding only 16 living birds. But since then, these endangered animals have taken a step back from the brink of extinction. Captive breeding programs have boosted their numbers, and successful reintroduction efforts have raised the number of wild birds to over 200, with roughly the same number living in captivity.

These majestic white birds are the tallest in North America. They live in family groups and frequent marshes, shallow lakes, and lagoons. Cranes feed by foraging with their bills and gobbling up plants, shellfish, insects, fish, and frogs.

Fast Facts 

Type: Bird

Diet: Omnivore

Average life span in the wild: 22 to 24 years

Size: Body, 4.9 ft (1.5 m); wingspan, 7.5 ft (2.3 m)

Weight: 13.3 to 17.2 lbs (6 to 7.8 kg)

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