Where Do Sandhill Cranes Live?


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Sandhill cranes make their homes in open habitats and in bogs, wetlands, prairies and marshes throughout Northern North America and the Southeastern United States. Three subspecies of sandhill cranes live year-round in Florida, Mississippi and Cuba.

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Three other subspecies migrate from North America to southern parts of the United States and northern Mexico.

Sandhill cranes mate for life. They breed in wetlands that are surrounded by trees and shrubs, preferring moist habitats with standing water when nesting. They may be 7 years old before breeding, and juveniles stay close to their parents for 10 months after hatching.

Sandhill cranes are majestic birds that are known for dancing during courtship. They spread their wings, bow and pump their heads while leaping into the air to attract a mate.

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