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Antropoides virgo

Antropoides virgo
Photo Information
Copyright: Lucas Aguilar (laguilar) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 63] (213)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus Camedia C-765 UZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Gruiformes (Turnalar, Crane-like) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-09-28 3:37
Viewed: 3801
Points: 1
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Spanish]

Class: Birds
Order: Gruiformes
Family: Gruidos
Length: 90-100 cm
Wingspan: 165-185 cm
Weight: 2-3 kg
Distribution: Europa's South-east, center of Asia, and northwest of Africa; invernante in the India and Africa (to the south of the Sahara).
Habitat: It produces in marshes and more arid steppes, inverna in humid opened lands and zones of culture(culturing).
Putting: 2 eggs
Incubation: 27-29 days
Sexual maturity: 2 years


Smaller than the common crane, of size as a stork, it has a more short more elegant aspect, a more attenuated caudal zone, and the neck and the beak. It shows a more uniform tone over gray bluish color and the negro of the neck continues downwards, for the chest as a plume. The long billiard cues rémiges secondary hang about the tail and it has big locks of white feathers behind every eye.


Green parts of the plants, seeds, insects and other invertebrates. In summer, especially, it can consume some small vertebrate.


They reproduce in April - May, the female puts 2 eggs, of gray greenish color with dun and gray spots, in a depression and them alone she incubates. The macho takes care of it, replacing it brief. The chickens are born after 27-28 days. Customs and social life During most of the year live in flocks and it devotes itself to celebrate, collectivly, his wedding dances. Monogamous, there form stable couples who remain faithful to his places of nest building during long years.

State of conservation:

Though his situation is not globally threatened, yes a great declivity has suffered his both European and Asian populations, it is necessary to outline that some time ago, the distribution of this bird was spreading over western Europe up to the Iberian Peninsula. The principal motives of this decrease it owed especially to the loss of habitat, the intensive use of pesticides in the fields and the direct action of the man by means of the hunt.

From the zoo of Jerez de la Frontera.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-09-28 3:42]

Wow, Lucas. Talk about up-close and personal. That is a great capture. The details seem a bit noisy, but it is a great POV. Well done and TFS. : )

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