Common Cranes
Common Cranes
Scientific Name 
Grus grus
Arabic Name 
Kuwaiti name 
222.0 cm
119.0 cm
Least Concern
Similar species 


Vagrant. Most often recorded in winter and on autumn passage. Migrate in flocks, but numbers are usually small in Kuwait; 35 birds were recorded in mid September 2009 at Jahra East Outfall. They may be attracted to small areas of water to roost and rest even in the desert.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 9 records for Kuwait, predominantly from desert and coastal areas around Jahra Bay.
In the world 
A species with a vast range and the most widely distributed of all Cranes. It usually migrates on a narrow front, utilising two major migration routes (south-west, and south to south-east passages across Europe) and uses regular staging areas.
Local threats 
Indiscriminate shooting and habitat loss in it's non-breeding areas.