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What are some facts about the American Sandhill Crane?

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The Sandhill Crane is a large bird that lives in North America and northwestern Russia, and it has a body length from 31.5 to 47.2 inches, wingspan from 5 to 6 feet long and weight from 6.5 to 14 pounds. The bird has a lifespan of up to 20 years.

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The Sandhill Crane is a slate grey color, and the upperparts may display a rusty color. The bird possesses long legs and a long neck with a small head on top, and its wings are broad. Adult members of the species have red skin on the tops of their heads, while juvenile members lack the crown.

The Sandhill Crane's habitat includes prairies, fields, marshes and tundra. It is an omnivore that feeds on plants, grains, mice, snakes and insects. The bird also feeds on grain.

A subspecies of the Sandhill Crane lives in Northern United States, Canada, Alaska and Siberia during the breeding season, and winters in Florida, Texas, Utah, Mexico and California. The creature stops at certain locations in the United States on its way south.

As of 2015, the Sandhill Crane is recovering from low numbers, but some conservationists still see habitat destruction as a major threat to the species.

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