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Sarus Crane

Scientific NameGrus antigone
Common NameNorthern and western parts of India
Distribution Sarus Crane, Krouncha (Sanskrit)
Conservation StatusVulnerable (VU)

In religion and mythology

The bird is venerated in the northern parts of India and is believed to symbolize marital bliss in India. The bird is also regarded as a good omen for crops in India. People encourage the bird to nest in their fields.

Legend has it that Sage Valmiki cursed a hunter for killing a Sarus crane. It is believed that the incident inspired the sage to write the epic Ramayana.

(Legend source: http://www.deccanherald.com/deccanherald/july27/sh1.asp)

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