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Photo © by CannonS2
Israel, 23 April 2009
Anthropoides virgo

Grus virgo


85-100cm (33-39 in)

  • Grey white plumage
  • Long white neck stripe
  • Black marking on foreneck reaching breast
  • Red iris
  • Black legs


Palearctic; winters in north-east Africa and southern Asia


This is a monotypic species[1].


Photo © by Shantilal Varu
Kutch, Gujarat, India, November 2011

Salt lakes, damp marshes, swamps and meadows near water or arid areas if water is closeby.



The diet includes seeds, grains and large insects, such as beetles. Lizards and worms are included in the summer months.


They nest in a shallow scrape which may be lined with pebbles. The 2 yellowish-green, lavender spotted eggs are incubated by both parents for 27-29 days. The young fledge 55-60 days later.


Call: loud trumpeting sound.

Recording © by Alok Tewari
A group giving inflight calls.
Jamnagar, Coastal Gujarat, India, December-2010
In the sound file below, a group of few hundred individuals, close to a coastal water collection, moving about, feeding and calling.

Recording by Alok Tewari
Porbandar, Coastal Gujarat, India, December-2010


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  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2017. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2017, with updates to August 2017. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved July 2015)
  3. Wikipedia
  4. BirdLife International
  5. Animal Diversity

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