Distribution: breeds in northeastern China, Siberia and Japan; winters in Korea and eastern China
Red-crowned Cranes are 150cm long. They dwell in broad marsh lands on the banks of rivers and seas. Fish, shrimps, frogs, mice and insects are their main diet and they also eat seeds, tender twigs, roots and stems. After mating, the male and female stay close to each other and show affection. Red-crowned Cranes are the most popular cranes in China. Since ancient times, they have frequently been subjects of Chinese poetry, songs and paintings, so they are also called "immortal cranes".
They receive first grade national protection.