Black-Necked Crane

The black-necked crane is tall and big with grayish white body and velvety black neck and head, thus the name. Inhabiting the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, the black-necked crane is the only alpine species of cranes and is peculiar to China. Besides, it is also the latest that has been discovered among the 15 species of cranes on earth. 

Owing to its population of only over 5,000, the black crane is included in CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). The black-necked crane is a migratory bird. Every early October, it migrates elevation to survive the winter. According to Statistics, the number of the black-necked crane living through the winter in Yunnan amounts to more than 2,500. Located over 80 kilometers from Zhaotong City, Dashanbao, which is covered with alpine marshland, is the paradise for the black-necked crane. Every winter thousands of black-necked crane gather here presenting a beautiful sight. For its elegance and beauty, the black-necked crane is regarded as the symbol of beauty, luck and happiness.


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