Learn About Niles

  • Classification: Bird
  • Species: Sandhill Crane (Grus canadensis)
  • Lifespan in Captivity: under 30yrs
  • Lifespan in the Wild: up to 20yrs
  • Wingspan: 3ft
  • Weight: 7.5-11lbs
  • Range in the Wild: North America, Eastern Siberia
  • Habitat in the Wild: freshwater marshes and mudflats
    • Diet in the Wild: small mammals, vegetation, insects, worms, fish, frogs
    • Diet at Wildlife Images: moistened dog kibble, fish, mealworms
    • Gender: Male
    • Birth: May 1999
    • Arrival: August 1999

Orphaned as an egg in a brush fire and hatched in his rescuer’s home, Niles was cared for at a local rehab center, but became too imprinted on humans to be released. He can be distinguished from Daphne by his distinct “widow’s peak.” In the summer he can be seen doing his courting dance where he flaps his wings and jumps up and down, then picks up sticks and leaves to offer either Daphne or animal care staff and volunteers.