sandhill crane

noun

sand·​hill crane ˈsand-ˌhil- How to pronounce sandhill crane (audio)
: a crane (Grus canadensis) of North America and Siberia that has a red crown and is chiefly bluish gray tinged with a sandy yellow

Examples of sandhill crane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Staff move the camera to capture the large flocks of sandhill cranes and waterfowl that visit the area. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2024 During a typical year, between 6,000 and 8,000 sandhill cranes have usually arrived by the first count. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 Some of you may already know what's behind the noise, but for those who don't the answer is sandhill cranes. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 4 Mar. 2024 The oldest sandhill crane fossil, found in the Macasphalt Shell Pit in Florida, is roughly 2.5 million years old. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for sandhill crane 

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sandhill crane was in 1805

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“Sandhill crane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sandhill%20crane. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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sandhill crane

noun
sand·​hill crane ˌsand-ˌhil- How to pronounce sandhill crane (audio)
: a crane of North America and Siberia that is chiefly bluish gray with red on the top of the head

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