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Bird watchers from across the country are visiting an Indiana Fish and Wildlife area to view a rare hooded crane, normally seen only in Asia. The bird has landed at the Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County, about 7,000 miles from its traditional home range.
A Goshen couple spotted the crane on Wednesday and once the word got out–people started arriving with hopes of spotting the bird. Hooded cranes are about 3 feet tall with a red and black crown on an otherwise white head and a charcoal colored body. Sandhill cranes, a cousin to the hooded crane, migrate from Asia to the Southeastern United States, and experts said the hooded crane may have followed them.
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area Property Manager Brad Feaster says the crane could also be an escapee.
“Maybe it was at a zoo or something and it has escaped, but so far, no one has any tags or bands or wing markings to indicate that,” he says.