Cornell Labs of Ornithology, ' Juvenile Sandhill Cranes have mostly rusty brown upperparts and gray underparts, with no red cap,' This family photo obviously includes a younger bird.
So, what is the story with this strange looking crane on the
right? It's no juvenile, because it
clearly has a red crown. But it is very
different looking then the other 9,999 cranes we saw that day. (Actually, I might be exaggerating a
bit. I think I saw two of these red
cranes out of the 10,000 cranes there!)