The African Crane Database (1978-2014): Records of three threatened crane species (Family: Gruidae) from southern and eastern Africa

Tanya Smith, Samantha Page-Nicholson, Kerryn Morrison, Bradley Gibbons, M. Genevieve, Mark van Niekerk, Bronwyn Botha, Kirsten Oliver, Kevin McCann, Lizanne Roxburgh

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Background The International Crane Foundation (ICF) / Endangered Wildlife Trust's (EWT) African Crane Conservation Programme has recorded 26 403 crane sightings in its database from 1978 to 2014. This sightings collection is currently ongoing and records are continuously added to the database by the EWT field staff, ICF/EWT Partnership staff, various partner organizations and private individuals. The dataset has two peak collection periods: 1994-1996 and 2008-2012. The dataset collection spans five African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and Zambia; 98% of the data were collected in South Africa. Georeferencing of the dataset was verified before publication of the data. The dataset contains data on three African crane species: Blue Crane Anthropoides paradiseus, Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum and Wattled Crane Bugeranus carunculatus. The Blue and Wattled Cranes are classified by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Vulnerable and the Grey Crowned Crane as Endangered. New information This is the single most comprehensive dataset published on African Crane species that adds new information about the distribution of these three threatened species. We hope this will further aid conservation authorities to monitor and protect these species. The dataset continues to grow and especially to expand in geographic coverage into new countries in Africa and new sites within countries. The dataset can be freely accessed through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility data portal.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere9794
JournalBiodiversity Data Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Africa
  • Anthropoides paradiseus
  • Aves
  • Balearica regulorum
  • Bugeranus carunculatus
  • Distribution
  • Occurrence
  • Sightings

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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