Animals of the world, Swan

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  • Swans are more commonly found in the northern hemisphere, although some reside in Australia, New Zealand, and South America
  • They are very large birds and can weigh up to 15 kilos (33 pounds), measuring over 1,5 meters (60 inches) in length
  • Swans are graceful long-necked, heavy-bodied, big-footed birds. The Northern Hemisphere species of swan have pure white plumage but the Southern Hemisphere species are mixed black and white
  • Swans are sociable, except in breeding season
  • Swans mature in the third or fourth year and live perhaps 20 years in the wild and 50 years or more in captivity.
  • Black Swans are widespread throughout much of Australia
  • Swans that live in freshwater typically enjoy pondweed and wigeon grass. They also like eating insects and tadpoles. Especially in the winter when other food sources aren’t readily available, they can eat grain, grasses and crop foods, such as wheat, potatoes, and carrots
  • In shallow water, Swans may use their strong webbed feet to dig into the submerged mud. They are also plunging the head and neck underwater – to expose and feed on roots, shoots, and tubers
  • Their calls consist of a loud, deep, sonorous, trumpet-like honking sounds, as well as peeps, hisses, and gurgles.
  • Several species are migratory or partly migratory

 

References; Nationalgeographic.com, Wikipedia, Britannica.com, BBC.com, Australiangeographic.com, Birdlife.org.au,worldwildlife.com

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