The family Gruidae consists of 15 species of cranes. Cranes are large, long-legged and long-necked birds that live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.
Most species of cranes are at least threatened, if not critically endangered, within their range. The plight of the Whooping Cranes of North America inspired some of the first US legislation to protect endangered species.
ITEMS in the Family: Gruidae