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Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis) Fact Sheet: Diet & Feeding

Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis)


  • All cranes are opportunistic, omnivorous feeders (Meine & Archibald 1996)
  • Diet depending on season and site; feed on (Meine & Archibald 1996):
    • Insects
    • Aquatic invertebrates
    • Fish
    • Amphibians
    • Rodents
    • Reeds
    • Grasses, heath berries, corn, and other plants


  • Feeding technique: walk-and-peck rather than probing and digging (Meine & Archibald 1996)
  • Use feeding stations supplied by local Japanese in winter since 1952 (Archibald & Meine 1996)

Varied Diet

Red crowned Crane

Red-crowned Cranes use their long, slender bill to peck at many types of prey, including insects, fish, small mammals, and plants.

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Page Citations

Meine & Archibald (1996)
Archibald & Meine (1996)

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