During the summer, whooping cranes live in the Wood Buffalo National Park. Once summer is over, whooping cranes migrate to the Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge. A small population also lives year-round on the Kissimmee Prairie.
Whooping cranes are found in marshes, shallow lakes and lagoons. They eat plants, insects, fish and frogs. Whooping cranes have a lifespan of 22 to 24 years and reach heights of 4.9 feet. They are the tallest birds in North America, and they weigh approximately 15 pounds. Whooping cranes are white birds with black tips on their wings. They have a large red patch on their head. Whooping cranes have yellow eyes and black legs.