Juveniles or Adults?

The cranes in the photo are juveniles.

Much of their rusty brown plumage is being replaced with adult feathers, which are white.

Note that the head and upper neck are the last places on the juvenile to turn white.


— Tom Stehn, USFWS Biologist


An adult crane has white body feathers and a red bald patch on top of the head.



Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the
Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.