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Some webinars, full-text books, articles, bibliographies and dissertations are available free on the Web, as are abstracts (summaries) of many articles on crane research and conservation. Ozcranes hosts resources in Downloads», including Dr George Archibald's classic papers on the ‘Sarolga’ Brolga-Sarus hybrid, and Sarus Crane and Brolga breeding ecology in the Gulf. Please contact us to suggest more crane library sources add or report broken links.


The International Crane Foundation has posted an outstanding series of webinars on YouTube. This successful series is still continuing in the context of most field work being shutdown internationally due to the COVID-19 crisis, the series can be accessed on the ICF YouTube channel. Topics so far include Whooping Cranes, Crowned Cranes and Blue Cranes in Africa, cranes in art and much more.

Libraries and journals


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Books: Online

NOTE: some books are older and more recent work has updated aspects of crane biology and ecology, but they still contain valuable information.

The updated Crane Conservation Strategy was released in 2019. Free downloads:

Mirande, C.M. & Harris, J.T. (Eds) (2019). Crane Conservation Strategy. International Crane Foundation, Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA.

Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic Birds (HANZAB) Volume 2

S Marchant and PJ Higgins (eds), 1993. Handbook of Australian, New Zealand and Antarctic birds Vol 2, Raptors to Lapwings. Oxford University Press, Melbourne.

The Brolga and Sarus Crane chapters from HANZAB Volume 2, Marchant and Higgins 1993, can be downloaded free from New Zealand Birds Online unidentified crane page.

The Cranes: Status survey and conservation action plan

CD Meine and GW Archibald (eds), 1996. The Cranes: Status survey and conservation action plan. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland, and Cambridge, UK.

‘The Cranes’ covers status and conservation for all 15 world crane species and can be downloaded free from the IUCN Library, pdf 8MB. An updated volume involving all members of the IUCN Crane Specialist Group, including in Australia, will be published in 2019

Cranes of the World

PA Johnsgard, 1983. Cranes of the World. Originally published by University of Indiana.

Now available for free download as a series of pdfs from Digital Commons at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Cranes: Their biology, husbandry and conservation

D Ellis, G Gee and C Mirande. 1996. Cranes: Their biology, husbandry and conservation. US Government agencies and the ICF.

Download from ICF Library.

Brolgas & Sarus – Popular Books

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Australian dissertations

Eight Australian university dissertations (Honours, MSc and PhD) have addressed Brolga or Sarus Crane populations. Ozcranes Research hosts three abstracts and one full thesis (links below). Two PhD theses can be downloaded in full, links are below, and each PhD study has a project pagein Ozcranes Research».

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Ozcranes has bibliographies on some specific topic pages, some other suggested sources of reading lists –

Crane sounds and video

Resources on Crane Art & culture»

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