The sandhill crane
is a species
of large crane
of North America
and extreme northeastern Siberia
. The common name of this bird refers to habitat
like that at the Platte River
, on the edge of Nebraska
on the American Plains
. Adults are gray overall; during breeding, their plumage
is usually much worn and stained, particularly in the migratory populations, and looks nearly ochre
. The average weight of the larger males is 4.57 kg (10.1 lb), while the average weight of females is 4.02 kg (8.9 lb), with a range of 2.7 to 6.7 kg (6.0 to 14.8 lb) across the subspecies.
Sandhill cranes have red foreheads, white cheeks, and long, dark, pointed bills
. In flight, their long, dark legs trail behind, and their long necks keep straight. Immature birds have reddish-brown upperparts and gray underparts.
The sexes look alike.