What do cranes symbolize?
August 23, 2022 by Beary Birding
UPDATED FEBRUARY 22, 2023
Patience, determination, passion, curiosity, these are the things that cranes symbolize.
I have seen one crane species in my life—the Sandhill Crane. When I first laid my eyes on it, I thought, "what a majestic looking bird." His crimson crown, combined with his impressive height made for a noble looking bird. When he flies, he soars elegantly, patiently. His eyes of flame show courage and passion.
He was standing on somebody's driveway when I first saw him (I know right, such a regal bird). But when he flew, he flew with purpose in every wing beat. He has quite a funny way of walking, something that may resemble walking cautiously, tip-toeing. It must take great patience to do so, though it also symbolizes clumsiness.
Cranes do lots of exploring. They're famous for walking around in neighbourhoods in Florida instead of staying in marshes like their cousins. If a crane had the opportunity to go somewhere or do something, it would.
Their patient and persevering personalities awarded them 20+ year lifespans, with the oldest captive crane living 40 years.
The devotion that both the male and female crane has to their offspring, like many birds, is certainly apparent. They mate for life and are living evidence that commitment to a family pays off.
People often confuse other large wading birds like Egrets, Herons, Storks, Ibises and more for Cranes. While they are fairly similar, they are not cranes. Here are some photos of the proper species.
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Cranes are not herons.