Birds – White-naped Crane

Allied to the last, but separated on minor differences in the feathering of the head, is the great White-naped Crane (Pseudogeranus leucauchen) of eastern Asia. This is the so-called Sacred Crane of the Japanese, being the one so generally represented in its various picturesque attitudes in their numerous works of art. It was formerly protected and existed in great numbers, though it was allowed to be “hawked,” and this with great ceremony, only by nobles of the highest rank; but since the power of the Daimios has waned the restrictions have been removed and it may now become the prey of any one, with the result it has been nearly exterminated in this, its winter home.