The grey crowned crane (Balearica regulorum) is a bird in the crane family Gruidae. It occurs in dry savannah in Africa south of the Sahara, although it nests in somewhat wetter habitats. They can also be found in marshes, cultivated lands and grassy flatlands near rivers and lakes in Uganda and Kenya and as far south as South Africa. This animal does not migrate due to the perfect climate it inhabits. There are two subspecies. The East African crested crane (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps) occurs in the east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and in Uganda, of which it is the national bird represented in its national flag, and Kenya to eastern South Africa. It has a larger area of bare red facial skin above the white patch than the smaller nominate species, the South African crowned crane (Balearica regulorum regulorum), which breeds from Angola south to South Africa. This species and the closely related black-crowned crane are the only cranes that can roost in trees, because of a long hind toe that can grasp branches. This habit, amongst other things, is a reason why the relatively small Balearica cranes are believed to closely resemble the ancestral members of the Gruidae.
Grey crowned cranes (called African crowned cranes in the series) appear in a few episodes.
The first episode to show an African crowned crane was "Ears Hear". It was among the animals making sounds.
An African crowned crane was shown in "Funny Faces" as well. It was among the animals that had different faces (the crowned crane was shown looking around after Martin said that some animals had crazy feathers).
An African crowned crane also appeared in "Flying Buddies".