Common Crane
Grus grus

The Birds of Europe
Vol.4 - Plate No. 270

Length: 120 cm

The Common Crane breeds in the northern part of the Eurasian continent and migrates to southern Europe, India, China in the winter. Few are seen in Japan, but several birds migrate each year to Izumi in Kagoshima prefecture. Cranes, unlike herons, extend their necks and legs in flight. Their call sounds: "cu-ru-ru, cu-ru-ru", and they have long legs and bills. This illustration is by Edward Lear.