Uganda’s National Bird – Crowned Crane

Monday, November 26th, 2018 by Kelsey

As ROWAN is in Uganda, we thought it would be fun to share more about the country with our readers. This is a beautiful country with diverse animal & plant life, plus many other mysteries to unravel.

Close up of a crowned crane

Crowned Crane – Uganda’s national bird.

A Crown of Gold

This magnificent, showy bird is the Crowned Crane (or Balearica regulorum gibbericeps). It is the national bird of Uganda, appearing on their flag & coat of arms.

Two crowned cranes

Crowned Crane – Uganda’s national bird.

Crowned Facts

Unfortunately the crowned crane is listed as endangered, as their habitat is slowly being depleted for crop land. They are interesting, however as they are monogamous & appear to mate for life (up to 22 years). They also both participate in nest building & incubating the eggs. Like humans (& bears) they are omnivores that eat both meats & plants. These birds are worth keeping around.

Learn More

To learn more about this lovely animal, get involved to help them or plan a trip to Uganda visit the Uganda Wildlife Authority or the Uganda Wildlife Education Center.

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