Demoiselle Crane
Grus virgo

– smallest crane, considerably smaller than White Stork
– diurnal migrant, nocturnal movements take place
– migrates in small to large flocks in formation


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF1981, 09/06/2016, Chovsgol, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
– comparably short-necked
– black throat extends to breast
– elongated white nape feathers and crown with no red -> Common Crane


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF1978, 09/06/2016, Chovsgol, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
– less contrast between grey coverts and dusky primaries than in Common Crane
– shining red eye
– short flesh-coloured bill


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF0170, 27/05/2011, Bui Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
– shorter-legged than Common Crane (BIF0168)


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF1979, 06/06/2014, Dornod Aimag, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
– in active flight powerful wingbeats


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo
BIF0242, 04/04/2011, Aysha Bibi, Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke
– short-tailed
– base of wing broader and hand narrower than in Common Crane


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF1980, 06/06/2014, Dornod Aimag, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
– when extension of black on underside not visible very similar to Common Crane, but note proportionally larger head


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF0241, 04/04/20122, Aysha Bibi, Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke
– note short neck and legs


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, AD
BIF1221, 16/05/2012, Besh Barmag, Azerbaijan, Michael Heiß


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, 60, calls during migration
BIF0172, 06/04/2011, Kocsu, Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke
Telinga stereo reflector


Demoiselle Crane Grus virgo, 10, calls during migration
BIF0171, 04/04/2011, Kyzyltan lake, Kazakhstan, Patrick Franke
Telinga parabolic reflector

comparison species:
Common Crane

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