Cranes & Ibis

Cranes are large, elegant birds that spend most of their lives in wetland environments. Their long-legs, long-necks and large bills are perfect for wading and feeding in the shallows.

Cranes often do elaborate (and noisy!) dances which involves spreading and flapping their wings, prancing and jumping. They dance for different things, such as impressing mates, bonding and even defending their territory. There are only fifteen species of cranes, most of which are threatened in the wild.

Ibis are a distinctive-looking group birds with long legs and long bills that curve downwards. You'll find the northern bald ibis here at the zoo, in our Europe on the Edge aviary.

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