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Were They Whoopers?
You Be the Judge

If you saw large white birds flying high above you, how would you identify them? Look closely at the photos of whoopers and the mystery birds. Next, use this chart to list features that are unique to each species.

Observation Chart
Whooping Cranes
Mystery Species


















Hints: Things you can't tell by looking at photos
  • They fly in very small groups (usually less than 5 per group).
  • Wingspan: 7 1/2 feet
  • Height: 5 feet
  • They migrate in large groups, often flying in a "v" formation.
  • Wingspan: 9 feet
  • Height: 4 feet