FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky wildlife officials say a small number of
whooping cranes have shown up in the state.
They said Tuesday that wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of five of
the birds in Hopkins County
and received a report of a sixth bird in Barren
Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.
The birds are solid white with black wingtips and a red crown. Adults may
have a wingspan of 7 ½ feet and stand up to 5 feet tall on stilted legs.
Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However,
sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes.
Kentucky's sandhill crane
hunting season begins Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 12, or until 400 birds
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