Grey Crowned Crane with fancy golden hair that is believed to bring wealth and longevity to those who own it, and good luck to those who set eyes on it.
The spectacular dances performed by them are not strictly connected with reproductive behaviour but are also an expression of joy. Two cranes hop and jump gracefully with each other, their wings partly spread, they open their wings fully, bow to each other, and jump several feet in the air.
Standing at over a metre tall, the large but yet elegant grey crowned cranes are considered to be “living fossils”, having flourished in Eocene period some 54 to 38 million years ago and surviving the ice age. Sadly they face threats to their habitat due to overgrazing and pollution. Their global population is estimated to be around 60.000, in 2012 they were uplisted to endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
We respect and adore the Grey Crowned birds not just because of their golden hairs or remarkable feathers and fancy exotic look but also their behaviour and surviving skills. The illustration of Grey Crowned Crane is painted by hand on natural canvas fabric to bring luck to those who own it.
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