All About Swans

1st January 2013

The Australian black swan is black with white onthe wings, and has a red bill crossed with a white band.

The South American black-necked swan is entirely white, exceptthe head and neck which are dark velvety seal-brown. Its bill has a double bright rose-colored knob.

The American whistling swan do not bendthe neck in an S-shaped curve, and are noted fortheir loud whistling or trumpeting.

Swans arethe largest waterfowls.

Weight:15 kg (33 pounds) - males are generally bigger and heavier than females.

Length:1.5 m (60 inches)

Wingspan: 3 m (10 ft)

Habitat: Temperate climates- rives and lakes.

Diet: the Swan are herbivores

There are 6-7 species of swan includingthe mute swan, trumpeter swan, black swan and whooper swan. 

At Birds of Eden we have mute and black swans.

The swan mates for life

Swan Upping is a yearly ceremony in Britain in which mute swans onthe River Thames are rounded up, caught, marked, andthen released duringthe third week of July.

The historic ceremony of Swan Upping dates fromthe12th century, whenthe Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans. Traditionally,the UK King or Queen owns all unmarked mute swans onthe River Thames.

Swan meat was once regarded as a delicacy in England especially duringthe reigns ofthe Tudors whenthey featured in great banquets.

The Black Swan is featured as an emblem onthe Australian state of Western Australia and are also displayed onthe coat of arms of Canberra.

The collective name for a group is a bevy, or lamentation.

Males are called cob.

Females are called pen.

The names given to babies are signets (cygnets).

The legs ofthe swan are normally a dark blackish grey colour.

The Swan has been evaluated and is listed bythe International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as 'Least Concern' and as suchthey do not qualify as Endangered, Threatened or Near Threatened species'