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The Crowned Crane is an animal in Age of Mythology that can be hunted for food. It has few hit points and is easy to kill, although it is faster than most other timid huntables.

They are primarily found to African maps, such as Watering Hole, but also in some European maps, such as Marsh.


Scientific name -- Balearica spp.
Size -- 4' tall, 48 lbs.
Diet -- insects, grains, small vertebrates and eggs

These large birds congregate around wetlands in northern and central Africa. Their diet consists of plants, seeds, insects, frogs, worms, snakes, small fish and vertebrate eggs.

They can form large flocks of over sixty individuals, but like many large birds, crowned cranes mate for life. They are the only crane known to perch in trees and do not migrate (unlike North American cranes). Their trumpeting call is said to sound like "you wang, you wang". Their colorful plumage is used in elaborate courtship rituals, which have formed the basis of ceremonial dances for some African tribes, including the Masai.
—In-game help section


  • While native to Africa, Crowned Cranes are sometimes found in European maps, probably to represent the common crane.
  • They are one of three edible birds in the game, the others being Chickens and Ducks.


Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn