A paper cutout of a photograph of the top half of a Sandhill Crane placed in harvested cornfield. In the distant background are out-of-focus real migrating Sandhill Cranes.
“Sandhill Crane” in harvested cornfield

Sandhill Crane

  • Scientific: Antigone canadensis
  • Spanish: Grulla Canadiense
  • French: Grue du Canada
  • Family: Cranes
  • Bird Code: SACR

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Open habitats, such as grasslands, agricultural fields, prairies, marshes, and tundra.


In winter, Sandhill Cranes are found primarily in Texas, Florida, Southern New Mexico, and California with outposts year-round in Mississippi, Florida and Cuba. During migration, hundreds of thousands use the Platte River in Nebraska as a staging ground before continuing to their breeding areas in the northern U.S. and across Canada.

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Did you know?

One of the oldest Sandhill Crane fossils, found in the Macasphalt Shell Pit in Florida, is estimated to be 2.5 million years old!