Sarus cranes in Myanmar


This video from Nepal is called Sarus Cranes – Giant Bird.

From Wildlife Extra:

Rare cranes spotted in northern Myanmar

An unusually large group of eastern sarus crane, Grus antigone sharpii, have been spotted in the wetlands surrounding Indawgyi Lake in Kachin State, Myanmar.

The eastern sarus cranes, which are large non-migratory birds that stand approximately six feet tall, used to be found all across Southeast Asia but are now limited to Cambodia, extreme southern Laos, south Vietnam and Myanmar.

Listed on the IUCN red list as vulnerable, their numbers have declined considerably over the last 150 years due to loss of habitat and the effects of pollutants and it has been estimated that the current population of all sarus cranes is perhaps as low as 2.5 per cent of the numbers that existed in the 1850s.

“First we just saw their charismatic red heads sticking out of the tall green grass, but through our telescopes we soon spotted the amazing number of nine individuals,” said Ngwe Lwin of Fauna & Flora International.

Ngwe Lwin, Fauna & Flora International’s Terrestrial Conservation Programme Coordinator said, “Finding this large group of sarus crane in Indawgyi area has shown us that this species, which is classified as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, is still safe in the Indawgyi area. We hope to see more in the future.”

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