Family - Gruidae

(Crane-Like Birds)

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Cranes are a family, the Gruidae , of large, long-legged, and long-necked birds in the group Gruiformes . The 15 species of cranes are placed in four genera. Unlike the similar-looking but unrelated herons , cranes fly with necks outstretched, not pulled back. Cranes live on all continents except Antarctica and South America.