Sandhill Cranes (Grus canadensis) are very similar in appearance to herons but can be easily identified by the red skin on their head. Sandhill Cranes can be seen flying with their necks completely outstretched as opposed to herons, which are known to fly with their necks tucked in. Abundant in Florida, these majestic birds can be seen foraging even in Florida’s urban areas. In order to nest, however, Florida’s wetlands must be preserved and the Sandhill Cranes must be allowed to occupy them.
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