Another week, another couple of earthquakes. As we do at this blog for some unfathomable reason, that means it’s time for another round of BIRD FACTS. As the biggest quake was in Japan, we’ll be learning about that iconic bird of Japan, the Crane!
- The Japanese Crane is also called the Red Crowned Crane!
- Because they have a red patch on top of their heads. This red patch is actually bare skin, so I think they should be called the Sunburned Monk Crane.
- On the other hand, monks in Japan would be Buddhist and they don’t go in for that weird western monk tonsure haircut so I suppose that name wouldn’t make any sense. Never mind.
- Speaking of mystical Japan stuff, they thought cranes lived for 1000 years so Cranes became a symbol of longevity and good luck.
- They absolutely don’t, but they can manage to reach 70 years old.
- Cranes are monogamous and so decorations featuring Cranes are popular for Japanese weddings.
- Red Crowned Cranes are pretty big, about 1.5 m tall with a 2.2m wingspan. This makes them the tallest flying bird (but not the biggest, you should remember that is the Albatross).
- They eat basically anything you can find in a wetland, frogs, small fish, rice bits, other plant stuff.
- They don’t have much habitat left so there’s fewer than 3000 left in the wild 😦
- Folding 1000 paper cranes is a good way to show that you like peace and also have 1000 sheets of paper.
Put these Crane Facts to good use!
P.S. I’m sorry if you were here looking for facts about construction equipment!