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Aves - Neognathae - Gruiformes - Gruidae - Balearica - Balearica pavonina

Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Balearica pavonina (Black Crowned Crane)

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Species Description
The Black-Crowned Crane lives in the dry savannahs south of the Sahara. Opportunistic feeders, they subsist on a wide variety of foods, including grasses, insects, and small reptiles and mammals. They are one of two species of cranes that are capable of nesting in trees, which are usually found alongside the marshes and lakes the cranes need for foraging. The national bird of Nigeria, they are identifiable by their crown of feathers on the top of their heads.

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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Black Crowned Crane Page

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