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.
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.
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.