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Japanese Cranes

Animal Themes
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Japanese Cranes
Print Japanese Cranes Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Japanese Cranes Reading Comprehension


Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.57

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    standing, red-crowned, sarus, tancho, bare-skin, relationship, lifelong, snow-white, banned, devastation, establishment, among, population, official, reinforce, loss
     content words:    Other Japanese, Baby Japanese, In Japan, World War II, Korean War, Japanese Crane Reserve

Other Languages
     Spanish: Las Grullas Japonesas


Japanese Cranes   

1     Japanese cranes, or red-crowned cranes, are symbols of many things. They symbolize peace, long life, and fortune. But they are not Japan's official national bird. That title belongs to Japanese pheasants.
 
2     Standing up to five feet tall and weighing nearly 26 pounds, Japanese cranes (or tancho in Japanese) are among the largest of all cranes. They are not the tallest cranes on Earth. That is an honor held by sarus cranes. But red-crowned cranes are certainly the heaviest!
 
3     Japanese cranes can be found not only in Japan, but also in Russia, China, and Korea. Interestingly, the cranes in Japan seem to be the only ones that do not migrate. Other Japanese cranes make two trips a year between their winter homes in central China or Korea and their breeding sites in northern China or Russia. Regardless of where they live, they all have yellow beaks, red bare-skin crowns, and snow-white feathers that are set in sharp contrast to their black faces, necks, tips of their flight feathers, and legs. Japanese cranes are omnivores. They feed on both plants and small animals (such as fish, insects, and reptiles) found in marshes, swamps, and wetlands.

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