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The Black-necked Crane (Grus nigricollis) is a medium-sized crane that is found on the Tibetan Plateau of Asia. It is 139 cm (55 in) long with a 235 cm (7.8 ft) wingspan, and it weighs 5.5 kg (12 lbs). It is whitish-gray, with a black head, red crown patch, black upper neck and legs, and white patch to the rear of the eye. It has black primaries and secondaries. Both sexes are similar. Some populations are known to make seasonal movements. It is revered in Buddhist traditions and culturally protected across much of its range. A festival in Bhutan celebrates the bird while the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir considers it as the state bird.

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  • Copyright: Tshering zangmo (tsheringzee) (64)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-10-09
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-01-22 20:19
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