Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Snow Crane of China.


China post released the stamps featured the Snow Crane (Grus leucogeranus) on year 1986 in one souvenir sheet depicted a flying group of the Snow crane and one set comprised of 3 pieces special gold painted stamps depicted body part of the bird.

The Snow Crane, also known as the Siberian White Crane is a bird of the family Gruidae, the cranes.This is a large white crane, typically 4.9-8.6 kg , 140 cm and 210–230 cm across the wings. Large males can exceed 152 cm and weigh over 10 kg . All white colour except for a dark red mask extending from the bill to behind the eye and black primary wing feathers. It has a yellow iris and reddish legs. The male is slightly larger than the female. Juveniles have a feathered mask and buff or cinnamon plumage. The voice is flute-like and musical.

The Snow Crane breeds in arctic Russia in Yakutia and western Siberia. They have migrated to long distance area and categorized as a long distance migrant bird. The eastern population winters on the Yangtze River and Lake Poyang in China.

The status of the Snow crane is critical, with only 20 in the wild at last count. The world population is estimated to be around 3,200.

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