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The breeding display of the Grey crowned crane involves dancing and jumping. Because African crowned cranes are eager hunters of grasshoppers, tame individuals are often kept on farms and in gardens. In their hunt for grasshoppers they stamp their feet on the ground to flush out insects. Contrary to most other crane species they have a long hind toe that can grasp the branches of bushes or trees.
|Classification||Order: Gruiformes, family: cranes|
|Diet||Insects, amphibians, reptiles, seeds, grasses and cereal crops|
|Habitat||Open grasslands close to water, marshes, silt areas of lakes and cultivated areas|
|Reproduction||Incubation: 28–31 days, clutch of 3–4 eggs; chicks fly at 10–12 weeks; sexual maturity at 3–5 years; maximum age: over 40 years|