A Mixed Pair of Whooping Cranes!
(Story below photo)
Billie Dodd. Monroe County, Indiana on April 6, 2011
flock female #519 must
be quite strong-willed and attractive to coax Male #1343 away
from FL where he has lived for over 7 years and even nested last year
," said Marty
Folk. Mr. Folk knows a lot about male Whooping crane #1343. He is an aviculturalist
who has overseen the Florida nonmigratory flock since is was first established
in 1993. Mr. Folk tells us more about Male 1343, who surprised everyone
when he left the flock to migrate with new lady-love, female #519, in April
was hatched at the International Crane Foundation in Wisconsin on June
19, 2003. He was
Florida on December 21, 2003.
He had paired with female 1348 and in 2010 they nested for the first
time. They hatched two chicks and raised both to at least 15 days
of age. Raising
days of age is a record for this flock. Until now a pair had only
of their chicks up to 12 days of age before losing one. The pair
raised the remaining chick until at least 33 days of age before it
What Makes Him Special
his mate) successfully hatched 2 chicks on his first attempt, he (with
his mate) raised them for a record
time! So here ya go Wisconsin, with a shot-in-the-arm of good breeding
potential by gaining this crane.
hoping for nesting, hatching and chick-rearing soon in Wisconsin by
the mixed pair!"
Folk adds: "This crane drama may get really juicy when she shows back
up in “her” Wisconsin
territory with another male! What will the other male (her previous
mate #804) do? Stay tuned…"
do YOU think will happen? For updates on this story, see 519's
bio page. (Scroll down to "Spring 2011" for a surprise!)
Thanks to Marty Folk, Avian Research
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission