Wednesday, January 23: Both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo will remain closed due to icy conditions on our pathways. Our staff is working hard to clear the paths and ensure a safe visit for guests when we re-open. Thank you for your understanding!

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Wattled Crane

Bugeranus carunculatus

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About the Wattled Crane

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Class: Aves  
Order: Gruifomes  
Family: Gruidae  
Genus: Bugeranus  
Species: carunculatus

The wattled crane is the largest African crane, growing up to 6-feet high and weighing an average of 14 pounds. Wattled cranes are territorial in mated pairs. They have very complex social behavior with body language playing an important role in communication and reproduction. The courtship displays of wattled cranes include leaping, dancing, and stick-throwing.