Crane Behaviour Guide

Cranes Communicate Emotions

Both cranes and people behave in ways that communicate specific emotions. In fact, cranes have an entire "language" of behaviors that you can learn to understand. Click here to download ICF's Field Guide to Crane Behavior. If you are visiting ICF, take this booklet with you. Every time you see a crane do something, look it up in the field guide. Likewise, if you are observing wild cranes, you can utilize your guide to interpret their behavior. You'll learn the name of the behavior and what that particular posture, movement or vocalization means. Remember, even when an animal appears to be doing nothing, it is still exhibiting some form of behavior.

Studying animal behavior is a complex, but fascinating subject. Ethology, the study of animal behavior, is a relatively new science in which exciting new discoveries are being made each year. By observing crane behavior and precisely recording it, you can experience what it is like to be an ethologist. The key to accurate recording is careful observation, aided by photographs, notes and sketches. In addition to using your Field Guide to Crane Behavior, you may also want to develop a nature journal in which you can record your observations and findings.