The Everglades

Sand Hill Crane

The Sandhill Crane is one of a family of long-necked marsh birds that range from Texas to south Florida. It stands almost 5 feet tall with a wingspread of 7 feet.

The Sandhill Crane wades in the marshy water of the Everglades where it eats small fish. It is the mercury in the fish they eat that is one reason why they are endangered.

As a part of the natural food chain, they are sometimes eaten by alligators or other large predators, especially when they are old and sickly, or crippled.

The crane is one species that have been killed by hunters. Pollution is also causing them to be endangered.

The Sandhill Crane lives in the sawgrass habitat.


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