IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)

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The Siberian crane is the third most endangered crane species in the world (5). It is unique amongst cranes in that it has a serrated bill, which enables it to feed easily on underground roots and on slippery prey items (5). This species has white plumage, and can be identified by the white cap and red mask, which reaches from behind the eye to the bill (6). In juveniles, this mask is feathered and the body is cinnamon or buff-coloured (6). Males are similar in appearance to females but are slightly larger, and the flute-like calls of this species are unique amongst cranes (2).

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