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Rare crane finds way to Tenn.'s Hiwassee Refuge

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BIRCHWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says a rare Asian hooded crane has been spotted at the Hiwassee Refuge in Birchwood, Tenn.

The bird normally is seen only in Southeast Asia, China and Japan. Officials said they were not sure how this one ended up in Tennessee.

The TWRA says birders began flocking to the area after the sighting became public. The bird is smaller than a sandhill crane, with a white head and neck and slate gray body.

Hiwassee is also home to sandhill cranes, whooping cranes and bald eagles.

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