Two subspecies of the Sandhill Crane live in Florida, the Florida Sandhill Crane, a year-round breeding resident, and the Greater Sandhill Crane, (G.c. tabida) a subspecies that nests in the Great Lakes region and winters in Florida. Usually heard before they are seen, these cranes produce a rattling type of call. Local cranes build nests of grass and aquatic plants in shallow water in the Sawgrass Marsh and adjacent area marshes.
Latin Name: Grus Canadensis Pratensis
Habitat:Pine Flatwoods, Marsh, River
Diet: insects, fruit, plants, frogs, reptiles, small mammals
Species Alert! Threatened