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Both species breed in the far north of respective continents; both species migrate across a continent; and both species must use wetlands that occur near heavily populated areas. But while the whooping crane has only one population, the Siberian crane has three—all of which breed in Russia. One group migrates from western Siberia to Iran. A second group breeds 620 mi (1,000 km) due north of the first group and migrates to India. A third group breeds on the tundra of eastern Siberia and winters in China.

Female has redder breast and broader white tip to tail. Juvenile duller and paler, more mottled. DISTRIBUTION Tropical Africa from Senegal east to Sudan and Kenya, including south Ghana and possibly elsewhere in west Africa. HABITAT Dry, sparse grassland, savanna, scrub, and dense shrubland. BEHAVIOR Terrestrial. Otherwise little known. FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET Eats grass seeds and insects obtained from the ground. Turnix pyrrhothorax Resident 20 REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY Little known. Lays from September to March in the cool dry season.

At one week, juvenal plumage replaces the down and there remains but a slight down on the tips of the feathers. Chicks start to perform the “rocking” gait when 12 14 Vol. 9: Birds II days old. When three or four weeks old, the young are independent; they detach themselves from the father, who in turn answers the female’s calls and obtains a second clutch to tend. At the age of three and one half weeks, the young peep animatedly; at age six or seven weeks, they are in the middle of their first molt, which is completed by the tenth week.

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