Sandhill Cranes are large birds; some stand over four feet tall. They range over much of North America and into Siberia and Cuba. There are several subspecies. Most migrate, but one subspecies is resident in the southeastern United States.
The word crane comes from the way the birds fly with straight necks. Tens of thousands of sandhills congregate during fall migration along the Platte River in Nebraska, and in smaller numbers in northwestern Indiana, making for a spectacular sight.