Common Crane

Sounds & Calls

Common Crane (Grus grus)
Common Crane (Grus grus)
Photo credit: Stefan Holm / Shutterstock

The Common Crane (Grus grus) is a medium-sized crane found throughout Europe and across much of Asia and also in parts of North Africa. This species is also known as the Eurasian Crane.

What does a Common Crane sound like? Like other crane species, Common Cranes make loud, resonant, gravelly trumpeting calls. Breeding pairs of cranes often call in duet with the male giving a higher-pitched trumpet call followed by the female’s lower pitcher ‘kraw’ or rolling ‘ka-ka-ka’ sounds. Other calls made by this species include harsh cries and soft rattles. Juvenile cranes also make high-pitched chirruping peeps.

Listen to Common Crane Calls

This sample in the video below was recorded in the Black River Valley, Sweden and features the typical loud trumpeting calls of the Common Crane. 

Thfollowing audio recording was recorded at the same location as in the video above and features further examples of the calls of Common Crane (Grus grus), along with the sounds of Water Rail (Rallus aquaticus), a booming Eurasian Bittern (Botaurus stellaris) & Sedge Warblers (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus).

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