"Walk This Way, Son!"
This is my favorite bird, the Crowned Crane (Balearica regulorum). A large, stately, terrestrial bird. It is found on open plains, marshes, swamps and cultivated land. It is a gregarious bird unless it is nesting. The crown serves as a species identification and as concealment camouflage. The long legs and neck enable it to see over tall grass when hunting for food and watching for predators. The chicks can swim and walk when a few hours old and can range with the parents in 2 days. They have a spectacular dance ritual during breeding season.
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