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Gruiformes

Mississippi Sandhill CraneKori bustard (Ardeotis kori) male display, Ngorongoro, TanzaniaCrowned crane (Balearica pavonia), Tanzania
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Containing group: Neoaves
Title Illustrations
Scientific Name Grus canadensis pulla
Location Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge, USA
Comments Mississippi Sandhill Crane
Creator John and Karen Hollingsworth
Acknowledgements Photo courtesy U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Scientific Name Ardeotis kori
Location Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Comments During the breeding season, a male kori bustard advertises his territory visually by strutting with neck inflated and tail cocked over his back. The white feathers thus revealed can be seen for miles.
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By David Bygott
Behavior Territorial display
Sex Male
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Scientific Name Balearica pavonia
Location Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Specimen Condition Live Specimen
Identified By David Bygott
Life Cycle Stage Adult
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Tree of Life Web Project. 2005. Gruiformes. Version 14 December 2005 (temporary). http://tolweb.org/Gruiformes/26307/2005.12.14 in The Tree of Life Web Project, http://tolweb.org/

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