The Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) is a large, whitish-gray crane. It is also known as the Tibetan Crane.
It has a black head and upper neck apart from a whitish postocular patch (bare skin patch behind the eye) and a red crown patch. It has black primaries (longest wing feathers) and secondaries (shorter, upper “arm” feathers).
Distribution / Range
Tibetan Plateau, with a small population in adjacent Ladakh, India. Breeds near the High Altitude Lakes of Ladakh such as Tso Kar Lake.
Usually winters at lower altitudes in:
- China (including Caohai Lake)
Estimated to be between 5,600 and 6,000 individuals.
Current threats include the cultivation of its breeding grounds and the opening up of the Ladakh Valley to tourism.
This species is legally protected in China, India and Bhutan.