Wattled Crane

Some may be hesitating slightly when they are told the exact name of this large bird. Isn’t it a hoax or a word play? But ornythologists love these names as complicated, as tortured as they come in Wattled Crane, without even listening to the sound and considering only yhe precise description of the brightly-coloured flesh extensions ornating the face of this crane.

Wattled Crane

Wattled Crane

Wattled Crane (Bugeranus carunculatus), Grue caronculée.
Moremi National Park, Botswana, May 2010.