Sandhill Cranes are a large and primarily grey bird with a red-skin forehead and white cheeks. They average from eight to 10 pounds, stand three- to five-feet tall and have a wingspan ranging from five to seven feet.
They are a migratory bird, ranging from northeastern Siberia to Cuba. Currently, there are around 650,000 Sandhill Cranes in the wild – and numbers are rising.
More than 250 Sandhill Cranes can be seen at about 40 zoos across North America. This number includes five subspecies: Lesser, Florida, Mississippi, Canadian and Greater Sandhill Cranes. This species is listed as least concern on the IUCN Red List.