Cranes are large birds that have very long necks. They live on all continents except Antarctica and South America. But what do cranes eat? This post will answer that very question and also tell you a few interesting facts about cranes.
What Do Cranes Eat?
Cranes are opportunistic feeders. This means they eat almost anything they can find, depending on what is available at the time. They will eat small fish, rodents (like mice and rats), amphibians (toads and frogs), small insects, plants and even berries.
Interesting Facts About Cranes
- Most species of cranes are threatened species. The danger of losing all the Whooping Cranes was one reason the United States introduced laws to protect endangered species.
- Scientific research shows that cranes change mates a few times during their lifetime. This goes against some folklore which suggests they mate for life.
- Cranes can form large flocks with hundreds of members.
- The International Crane Foundation is a scientific organization that is dedicated to both studying and preserving the 15 species of cranes. Visit their website to learn more about what they do!
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