1822W.J. BurchellTrav.I. 508During the day, I had been employed in preparing the skin of the large blue crane.
1867E.L. LayardBirds of S. Afr. 303Anthropoides Stanleyanus..Blue Crane of Colonists. Entirely of a leaden-blue, with the exception of the upper portion of the head, which is white, and the ends of the long drooping plumes of the wings, which are black.
1899B. MitfordWeird of Deadly Hollow 230Fowls scratched and clucked around the kitchen door, among them the lanky, stilted figure of a blue crane, caught young, and easily domesticated.
1899R.B. & J.D.S. WoodwardNatal Birds 174Blue or Stanley Crane.
1911Daily Dispatch 1 Mar. (Suppl.) 12Parrots, knysna loeries, jackal buzzards and blue cranes are examples of Ciskei’s rich birdlife.
1931R.C. BolsterLand & Sea Birds 108The Blue Crane, which is gregarious in winter, likes open plains, with water near at hand. Its food is small reptiles, fishes, large insects, especially locusts and grasshoppers, roots, and seeds.
1967E. RosenthalEncycl. of Sn Afr. 129The Blue or Stanley Crane belongs to the Highveld and can be easily tamed.
1987S. Afr. Digest 8 May 13South Africa also has a number of symbols derived from its wildlife...The springbok appears on the R1 coin, the protea on the 20c coin and the blue crane on the 5c coin.
1991J. Cullum inWeekend Post 30 Mar. 3The survival of South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane, is in the balance, say ornithologists and conservationists...The blue crane is found only in South Africa.
1994D. Allan inAfr. WildlifeVol.48No.4, 8The International Red Data Book is being revised...The draft of this revision includes the Blue Crane as a ‘globally threatened species’.
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