The 15 Species of Cranes

All  15 species of cranes found in the world can be seen in only one place: The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin.  Here is a complete list of  where they are found in the wild  and how they are trending:

Black Crowned Crane- photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationBlack Crowned Cranes:  Across Africa  Senegal and Gambia, national bird of Nigeria  to Nile River basin in Sudan and Ethiopia. – declining

Black Necked Crane -photo courtesy the International Crane FoundationBlack Necked Crane:  Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau in China,  Ladakh in India,  Yunnan-Guizhou Plateaus in China,Bhutan, Arunachal Pradesh -declining

Blue Cranes: national bird of South Africa , northern Namibia, in and around Etosha Pan- declining

Brolga Crane- photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationBrolga Crane: Australia -stable

Demoiselle Crane- photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationDemoiselle  Crane:   47 countries throughout the world.  Asia, Kazakhstan/central Asia, and Kalmykia- abundant . Near the Black Sea -declining, the Atlas plateau of northern Africa, and Turkey- near extinction.

Eurasian Crane-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationEurasian Crane: Europe, western Russia, central Asia-stable to increasing with some loss in migration areas

GreyCrowned-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationGrey Crowned Cranes:  Tanzania Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Zimbabwe, and northern Mozambique, The Grey Crowned Crane is the national bird of Uganda. East African -declining with South African -stable

Hooded Crane-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationHooded Crane: southeastern Russia and northern China. Russia-Mongolia-China border region,  the Japanese island of Kyushu. in southern Japan, in South Korea, and at several sites along the middle Yangtze River in China. -declining

Red-crowned Crane-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationRed- Crowned Crane: temperate East Asia and  in Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula- declining

Sandhill Cranes-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationSandhill Cranes: World’s most abundant -North America, extending into Cuba and far northeastern Siberia- stable to increasing!

Sarus- photo courtesy of the International Crane foundation
Sarus Crane: World’s tallest, India and the western half of Nepal’s Terai Lowlands Pakistan, Indochina. Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia.  Yunnan Province (China) and Lao People’s Democratic Republic, in northeastern Australia – declining

Siberian Crane- photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationSiberian Cranes:  northeastern Siberia and middle Yangtze River in China. along the south coast of the Caspian Sea in Iran and just south of the Ob River east of the Ural Mountains in Russia- RAPID decline

Wattled Crane-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationWattled Crane: eleven sub-Saharan countries in Africa,the highlands of Ethiopia,  Zambia. Okavango Delta of Botswana – declining

white naped crane-photo courtesy of the International Crane FoundationWhite Naped Crane: Mongolia, northeastern China,  southeastern Russia. the Yellow River delta, wetlands in the middle Yangtze River valley, through the Korean peninsula, in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, the Japanese island of Kyushu outside the city of Izumi- declining.

Whooping Crane -courtesy of the International Crane FoundationWhooping Cranes:  Wisconsin, Florida – increasing

The whooping cranes and the sandhill cranes are in our area. Have you seen cranes where you live or traveled?

If you like nature, conservation or birds I’m sure you would enjoy a visit to the International Crane Foundation. Read about our visit here:


*Information and photos on this list are from the International Crane Foundation.

If you’d like to visit the ICF and see all 15 species of cranes it’s on Shady Lane Road between Baraboo and the Wisconsin Dells.

Phone: 608-356-9462


ICF Members: free

Adults: $9.50

Seniors/Students: $8.00

Youth: (6-17): $5.00

Children under 5: Free

Free parking and picnic area

Guided Tours: 10 am, 1 and 3 pm  Memorial Day- Labor Day, weekend only in April, May, September and October.

Please, no pets.



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5 Responses to “The 15 Species of Cranes”

  1. Liz
    July 2, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    I live at the foot hills of the Smokies and we have cranes fishing in falls and creeks in our area. I see one fly over my place bout every week.

  2. October 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    How exciting! I love to hear others enjoy nature as much as I do.
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  3. October 11, 2011 at 4:01 am #

    Good to see this post and to get some feedins on various species of Cranes in the world. I have personally seen the Black Necked Cranes in Ladakh – India and they are one of the most elegant species.

  4. September 24, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    I LOVE cranes. Sandhill cranes spend the winter a few hours south of Santa Fe. We try to visit them each year. They also have annual Sandhill Crane Festival. Watching them take off (and land) is magical.
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