Definition of blue crane in English:

blue crane

Syllabification: blue crane


  • 1A large South African crane with blue-gray plumage. Also called Stanley crane.
    • Anthropoides paradisea, family Gruidae
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    • He addressed groups of pupils at the High School on the plight of the three species of endangered cranes - the crowned crane, the blue crane and the wattled crane - in South Africa.
    • Running around this landscape of giant heathers, you will also see ostriches, bonteboks, baboons and, if you are lucky, a fly-past from the elegant national bird, the blue crane.
    • Pointing out a blue crane, the symbol of South Africa, one ranger wondered what the next symbol would be - ‘a rainbow chicken?’
  • 1.1The blue crane as the national bird of South Africa.

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