What are whooping cranes’ personalities like?
Whooping cranes‘ wide variety of displays and vocalizations clearly express exactly how they feel. They are joyful and dance enthusiastically. As the same time, some are very territorial and will respond fearlessly (and aggressively) to any perceived threat. Whooping cranes are smart and always alert to everything—including the trail cameras that we set up to monitor them!
Have you ever heard a whooping crane trumpet?
Yes! Vocal communication is essential to these birds, who call to one another to indicate breeding, danger, flight or to strengthen bonds with their mates. The secret to this crane’s amazing volume and pitch lies in its trachea, which coils about 9 inches into its sternum. Altogether, a whooping crane’s trachea measures 5 feet in length, which is as long as this bird is tall!