The whooping crane (Grus Americana), the tallest bird in North America, is also distinguished by its characteristic call. They are monogamous and form life-long pair bonds. They nest on the ground and both parents raise the young.
Whooping cranes eat frogs, small birds, berries, acorns, crawfish and snails.
The historic range of whooping cranes once included the north-central United States and parts of Canada. Today that range is diminished significantly. The whooping crane is said to be one of the rarest birds in North America.
The whooping crane is endangered, and is the focus of a concerted effort to bolster its numbers. The International Whooping Crane Recovery Plan asserts it will be at least 2035 before whooping cranes can be considered for downlisting from endangered to threatened. There is a population of several dozen whooping cranes in Louisiana, and an overall population of only about 600 individuals.
Whooping cranes live as long as 24 years and stand up to five feet tall.