Sarus Crane Origins

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Subject: Sarus Crane Origins
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:54:55 +1100
Dear B-A,

While in Cambodia recently, I was talking to a couple of birders who had just been to Ang Traepang Thmaw to see Sarus Cranes. They asked me if I knew to which other subspecies they were more closely related to, the Indian, Grus antigone antigone or the Eastern, G. antigone sharpii. I did not have a clue, but said that I would try to find out. I have done a bit of net dredging, but have not been able to find a clear answer. Does anyone on B-A have any ideas? Has there been any DNA work that might sort them out? I was also asked if the Australian ssp. was related to the extinct Philippines ssp. Any information would be most gratefully accepted.


Carl Clifford

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