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The Sarus Crane (Grus antigone) name is from the Hindi name sāras which is derived from the Sanskrit word sarasa for lake bird. It is the tallest crane species and of all flying birds – some of the largest specimens may reach a height of 7 feet with an 8 to 9 foot wing span. Adult male has pale grey plumage overall. Males are larger than Females but otherwise identical in appearance. Sarus cranes mate for life. Newly paired cranes perform a courtship dance before mating. Young cranes dance spontaneously and sometimes this spreads to the whole group. It is found in Northern India, east to Burma, on the Malay Peninsula, in Indo-Chinese countries and in northern Australia.
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