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red-crowned crane
Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

Red-Crowned Crane

There are two main breeding populations of this endangered crane, which mates for life. The smaller population breeds and winters on the island of Hokkaido, Japan. The larger northeast China/southeastern Russia population, numbering about 1,200 birds, winters in two or three subpopulations—both coasts of North Korea, the Demilitarized Zone, and the Jiangsu region of central China.

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