Sandhill Cranes are big birds, with long legs and necks, long pointed beaks, and wingspans which can be over six feet. Adults are gray with red crowns. Juveniles are gray, washed with brown. During the breeding season, the gray plumage of the adults is often stained brown with mud. A “bustle”, which covers the short tail, is composed of long, drooping inner wing feathers (tertials and inner secondaries.)

 

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