Demoiselle Crane

The Demoiselle Crane comes from Central Eurasia, ranging from the Black Sea to NE China. It figures prominently in the literature of Northern India, where it is seen as a symbol of beauty or of people who travel great distances.

It is said that the bird was named Demoiselle by Queen Marie Antoinette, who was struck by its beauty and grace.

This pair is in the wildfowl collection at the London wetland Centre.

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