The Whooping Crane
is a large wadding bird with plumage except for black primaries on wings
and red facial skin. In the wilderness it lives in wetlands.
It is threatened by its habitat being destroyed. The whooping
crane lives in Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, and Texas. This bird
is 48" to 50" tall.
The whooping crane of America is a victim of man-made changes in its wintering
grounds and of illegal shooting. Once as plentiful as any crane in
the in the world, it is now reduced to only a few birds.
The whooping crane eats crabs and clams. Its bill can be used for
killing snakes, frogs ,and other small animals. It has a wingspan
of 7.5 feet! Now there are 319 birds left. This is the highest
amount in the century.