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Sternum (Breast Bone) of a Grus antigone (Sarus Crane)

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Species Description
The Sarus Crane is the tallest known flying bird, standing up to 1.8m tall. It is a large, non-migratory crane with scattered populations found in India, southeast Asia and Australia; its numbers have greatly declined in the past century, with only an estimated 1/10 of the population remaining. Although the Sarus Crane is able to utilize a wide variety of habitats throughout its range, it prefers marshes, floodplains and wetlands. An omnivore, the Sarus Crane eats insects, aquatic plants, frogs, crustaceans, tubers and shoots, for which is forages in shallow water or flooded fields, occasionally probing the mud with its long beak.
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Sternum (Breast Bone)
External Links
Animal Diversity Web
Encyclopedia of Life
Wikipedia Sarus Crane Page

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