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Sandhill crane
Grus canadensis


Size: 34-48 inches
Overall Color: gray or gray and rust
Occurrence: near water and fields
Diet: seeds, grains, small animals, opportunistic
Nest: mound often in shallow water
Field Identification: long neck and bill, red head, feathers often stained rust color
Season: summer

Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
Phylum: Chordata (hollow nerve cord)
Subphylum: Vertebrata (backbone)
Class: Aves (Birds)
Order: Gruiformes
Family: 26 Gruidae (cranes)
Genus: Grus
Species: canadensis

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