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The Whooping Crane (Grus americana) is the tallest North American bird. Standing almost five feet (1.51m) tall, it can weigh up to 16 pounds (7.25kg). The Whooping Crane is snowy white with black wingtips that can only be seen when the wings are spread. Their wingspan may reach up to eight feet (2.438m). Whooping Cranes have long necks and bills and stand on long, thin black legs. There is a patch of reddish-black bristly feathers on the top and back of the head. Black feathers on the side of the head below the yellow eye look like a long, dark moustache. The Whooping Crane is the only large white bird with black wingtips that flies with its neck straight out in front, legs trailing behind.