Adults are gray overall; during breeding, their plumage is usually much worn and stained, particularly in the migratory populations, and looks nearly ochre. The average weight of the larger males is 4. 57 kg (10. 1 lb), while the average weight of females is 4. 02 kg (8. 9 lb), with a range of 2. 7 to 6. 7 kg (6. 0 to 14. 8 lb) across the subspecies. Sandhill cranes have red foreheads, white cheeks, and long, dark, pointed bills. In flight, their long, dark legs trail behind, and their long necks keep straight. Immature birds have reddish-brown upperparts and gray underparts. The sexes look alike. Sizes vary among the different subspecies; the average height of these birds is around 80 to 136 cm (2 ft 7 in to 4 ft 6 in). Their wing chords are typically 41. 8–60 cm (16. 5–23. 6 in), tails are 10–26. 4 cm (3. 9–10. 4 in), the exposed culmens are 6. 9–16 cm (2. 7–6. 3 in) long, and the tarsi measure 15. 5–26. 6 cm (6. 1–10. 5 in).