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Cranes' Voices Across the Globe

Few birds’ voices can evoke the spirit of the wild like the voices of cranes.
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There are fifteen species of cranes across the globe, found everywhere but Antarctica and South America. During the winter, cranes forage and rest together by the thousands. Listen in to the voices of cranes from all over the world. Nothing evokes the spirit of the wild like the voices of these majestic birds.

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Cranes’ Voices Across the Globe

Written by Bob Sundstrom

This is BirdNote.
[Sounds of Sandhill Cranes]
It’s late winter, and cranes are calling loudly to one another. Fifteen species of cranes are spread across the world — everywhere but Antarctica and South America. Soon, they’ll start their spring migration. But for now, they gather in large groups, foraging and resting together by the thousands.
Here are a few of those voices, from across the globe.
In North America, the Sandhill Crane.
[Sandhill Crane,]
Sarus Cranes reside year round in India, Southeast Asia, and Australia. (pron. SARR-us)
[Sarus Cranes calling,]
The Common Crane winters in Africa, southern Europe, and Asia.
[Common Crane,]
Demoiselle Cranes winter from Africa to India and Mongolia. (pron. dem-wuh-ZELL)
[Demoiselle Crane]
Most of the world’s Hooded Cranes winter at one reserve on Japan’s southern island of Kyushu, calling together around sunset. (pron. KYOO-shu)
[Hooded Crane large concentration calling]
Few birds’ voices can evoke the spirit of the wild like the voices of cranes.
[Sarus Cranes calling,]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
[Cranes continue to end]
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Bird sounds provided by The Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by Garrett MacDonald, Michael Price, Krzysztof Bystrowski, Andrew Spencer and Sandra Keller.
BirdNote’s theme music was composed and played by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
Producer: John Kessler
Managing Producer: Jason Saul
Associate Producer: Ellen Blackstone
© 2018 Tune In to   February March 2018 February 2019   Narrator: Mary McCann
ID#        crane-02-2018-02-27     crane-02   

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