The light brown bird is a White-naped Crane chick that was almost four months old when this video was recorded.
Range and habitat: The White-naped crane
is found in shallow wetlands and wet meadows of southeastern Asia. It
often opts for areas adjacent to agricultural fields.
Natural diet: These cranes feed on insects, small vertebrates,
seeds, roots, tubers and wetland plants.
Size / weight range: These birds stand 130 cm (about 4 feet
high) and weigh around 5.6 kg (12lbs).
Interesting facts: The word nape refers to the back
of their neck, and it provides the source of their name. Like all cranes,
White-naped cranes dance, a behavior which includes bowing, jumping, running,
stick and grass tossing, and wing flapping. It is often, but not always
associated with courtship. The White-naped Crane is part of The Toledo
Zoo's SSP (Species Survival Plan) to help ensure a healthy and genetically
diverse population throughout U.S. zoos.
Location at The Toledo Zoo: Behind the penguin exhibit at Tiger Terrace -- also visible from the south ramp for the Anthony Wayne Trail foot bridge.