Whooping Crane

Whooping cranes are the rarest of all the cranes. There are currently just over 800 birds in North America (in the wild and human care), up from only 15 birds in 1941.

Named for their loud distinctive call, whooping cranes are the tallest bird in North America, standing up to five feet, and having a wingspan of up to eight feet. Whooping cranes do not nest or roost in trees but prefer shallow water where they build large nests. They are famous for performing lively courtship dances and unison calls. Adult pairs raise one chick each season.