Adult: Stately, tall gray bird with red crown and lores. White face, black bill
and legs. The sandhill may transfer mud to wings and back while preening, giving a
red-brown appearance to it's color. Bustle-like tail. Loud trumpeting call can be heard
one mile away.
Immature: Gray, but has
a more rusty appearance. Lacks red crown. Adult plumage in 2 1/2 years.
marshes, salt marshes, open areas, pastures with livestock and freshly plowed fields. Tend
to stay near water at night and in fields during the day.
Breeding: In Florida,