Demoiselle Crane

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.

Fun Facts:

  • 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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