Sarus Crane

Sarus Crane

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.

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