Swans

Swans

I confess swans are one of my favorite subjects. As a fun introduction, take a look at this very brief video of a mama swan and all 8 of her chicks climbing on board in the water! Swans are lovely creatures and very protective and nurturing of their young. They are also one of the favorite birds of mythology. In Irish tales, they are often shape-shifters. In Greek mythology, the beautiful Helen of Troy was conceived from a union of the Queen of Sparta and Zeus who took the form of a swan.

ISwans don’t know why, but the swan videos are some of the best I’ve seen. Here’s a video of a cygnet (baby swan) rescue you’re going to love. Here is a short, slow-motion video of swans running along the surface of the water and also of swans flapping their wings while on the water. Awesome. Now, here’s a real puzzler: In this short video, this baby black swan had a mind of its own and a crowd of tourists try to figure out how to help. All the while, ‘mom and dad’ talk to the baby. This was really fun. Here’s a video of a mother and her five cygnets taking a first walk and a swim. Finally, here’s a curiosity. In this video, the swans take fish food from a tray and feed the koi fish. But what do the swans get out of it? If you know, tell us in a comment!

FunFacts about Swans: (Source)  

  • Swans are from the family Anatidae which includes ducks and geese. Swans comprise the genus Cygnus.
  • There are six or seven species of swans.
  • Swans mate for life, though a nesting failure can result in the pair seeking other mates.
  • Swans produce an average of 3 to 8 eggs in a clutch.  
  • A male swan is a ‘cob’ and a female is a ‘pen’. Young swans are known as ‘swanlings’ or ‘cygnets’.
  • Swans are the largest of the Anatidae family.
  • The larger species, mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach a length of nearly five feet (1.5 m) and weigh over thirty pounds (15 kg). The wingspan can exceed 10 feet (3.1 m).
  • Males are usually bigger and heavier than the females though their plumage is the same.
  • The Australian black swan (Cygnus atratus) is completely black except for the white flight feathers on its wings. Black swan chicks are light grey.
  • Several species of swan will migrate.
  • Swans aggressively protect their nests. Swans are big. They will attack, including humans.
  • For the most part, swans are herbivores and feed on both land and in the water.
  • The average lifespan of a swan is anywhere from 7 to 20 years.

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