Crested Crane: Uganda’s symbolic bird now faces threat of extinction
Monday October 10 2016
The gray crowned crane faces extinction because of loss of suitable habitats to live and breed. PHOTO | FILE
Commonly called the crested crane, it is a bird of national significance to Uganda, occupying a prime position on the country’s national flag and coat of arms. Yet despite its serenity, beauty and popularity, the crested crane is facing the threat of extinction.
Once widespread, only about 10,000 to 20,000 gray crowned cranes are left in Uganda, compared with an estimated 100,000 four decades ago, according to statistics from Nature Uganda and the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
Several factors have contributed to their declining numbers, but one reason stands out: Habitat loss.