West African Crowned crane
Balearica pavonina pavonina
The West African crowned crane is a subspecies of the black crowned crane. Like many other cranes, it has a prehensile (or grasping) hind toe, which allows it to climb and roost in trees.
TYPE OF ANIMAL:
bird, gruiformes (cranes, rails, and relatives)
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
wild - unknown; zoos - 30+ years
pair bonded in large flocks