Whooping cranes seen in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky wildlife officials say a small number of whooping cranes have shown up in the state.

They said Tuesday that wildlife biologists confirmed the presence of five of the birds in Hopkins County and received a report of a sixth bird in Barren County.

Whooping cranes are a federally endangered bird that may not be hunted.

The birds are solid white with black wingtips and a red crown. Adults may have a wingspan of 7 ½ feet and stand up to 5 feet tall on stilted legs.

Whooping cranes are similar in silhouette to sandhill cranes. However, sandhill cranes have gray bodies and are smaller than whooping cranes.

Kentucky's sandhill crane hunting season begins Dec. 14 and continues through Jan. 12, or until 400 birds are taken.

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