Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct loading...
Despite Thousands in Captivity, This Rare Songbird Is Going Extinct
Long coveted for songbird competitions in Indonesia, black-winged mynahs have almost disappeared from the wild.
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This Famous Dinosaur Could Fly, But Unlike Anything Alive Today
The animal's wings resemble those of pheasants, but it couldn't flap quite like today's birds.
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Rare Baby Bird Fossil Found In Dino Era Rock
The 127-million-year-old hatchling could provide insight into avian evolution.
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Oil And Gas Drilling Is Causing Birds To Have Fewer Chicks
A new study is the first in any animal to link noise pollution to stress and show that this connection can disrupt reproduction.
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Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks
Australia's indigenous peoples have long observed "firehawks" spreading wildfires throughout the country's tropical landscapes.
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New Feathered Dinosaur Had Four Wings but Couldn't Fly
In a surprise for paleontologists, the well-preserved fossil suggests that the animal spent its life scampering around on the forest floor.
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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