Scientific Name: Grus antigone.
Common Name: Sarus Crane, Krouncha (Sanskrit)
Distribution: Northern and western parts of India
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (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 are egarded 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.