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Adopt a Sandhill Crane

Sandhill cranes are large birds with long thin legs and neck and a noticeable bright red patch on their forehead. Although the bird's feathers are mostly gray, sometimes they can have a reddish-brown appearance. The reason for the change in color is that sandhill cranes preen themselves by rubbing mud on their feathers. Sandhill cranes spend most of their lives in freshwater wetlands, including marshes, wet grasslands and river basins. Sandhill cranes are opportunistic feeders. They will change their diet based on what is available. They most often eat plants and grains, but also dine on invertebrates or even small mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Threats to sandhill cranes include habitat loss, wetland loss and development. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt a sandhill crane today!


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