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Bonding for Life

In Kutch, in western Gujarat, the sarus crane is so revered that there is a local radio programme put up by village women, in which the sutradhaar or narrator is Kunjal, a sarus crane!
The sarus crane is the world’s tallest flying bird, with the male standing 1.8 metres tall. Besides India, it is found in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia. The sarus is believed to pair for life, so people consider this sign of conjugal devotion a good omen and welcome the birds when they nest in the paddy fields.
The sarus, like other crane species, performs a spectacular courtship dance. The male and female circle around each other with wings spread out, bowing and leaping high into the air.
Both fiercely guard the nest when the one or two eggs are laid.

Today, only around 10,000 Indian sarus cranes remain, because despite protection, its habitat has shrunk. The use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers is also killing off its prey.

Last updated on :11/9/2004

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