Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus


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Further resources

IUCN SSC Crane Specialist Group

International Crane Foundation Species Field Guide

Search for photos and videos, and hear sounds of this species from the Macaulay Library

Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Status, Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Species factsheet: Bugeranus carunculatus. Downloaded from on 05/03/2024.
Recommended citation for factsheets for more than one species: BirdLife International (2024) IUCN Red List for birds. Downloaded from on 05/03/2024.