Scientific Name: Grus antigone Common Name: Sarus Crane
Identifying Features: large grey wings, head and upperparts of neck are red, greyish crown, and a long greenish-grey pointed bill, long pink legs
- World’s tallest extant flying bird.
- The species is venerated in India and legend has it that the poet Valmiki cursed a hunter for killing a sarus crane and was then inspired to write the epic Ramayana.
- It is widely believed that the sarus pairs for life and that death of one partner leads to the other pining to death. They are a symbol of marital virtue.
This image was clicked by Koshy Koshy – via Flickr.
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