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Sandhill Cranes migrate in family groups, such as this pair with two juveniles! Cranes lay two eggs each season, but often just one chick will survive to fledge and then migrate south with its parents. When food is abundant and the parents teach their chicks good survival skills, both survive and become healthy adults. Click on the photo below for a larger image.
SHCfamily_twinsThe youngsters are distinguished by the lack of bare red skin atop their heads. As they molt and get their adult plumage, the red patch will become more and more visible. By next spring they will look just like their parents.