Scientific Name: Grus virgo Common Name: Demoiselle Crane Other Name: Koonj
Identifying Features: large grey wings, greyish black neck, red eyes, grey crown, white hair extending backwards on head near eyes.
- Smallest species of crane.
- It is a prominent figure in the literature, idioms, poetry, etc. in Hinduism.
- In the mythology of Valmiki (composer of the Ramayana), it is claimed that his first verse was inspired by the sight of a hunter kill the male of a pair of demoiselle cranes that were courting.
This image was clicked by Imran Shah – via Flickr.
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