Kingdom : Animalia
                          Class : Aves
                       Family : Anatidae
        Scientific Name : Cygnus Atratus

                       Size(L) : 91cm - 150cm 
                                       (36in - 60in)
                       Weight : 10kg - 15kg 
                                       (22lbs - 33lbs)
                Wing Span : 200cm - 350cm
                                        (79in - 138in)
                 Top Speed : 80km/h (50mph)

                  Life Span : 8 - 12 years
                      Colour : Black, White, 
                                      Grey, Orange
                 Skin Type : Feathers
Distinctive Features : Large, powerful
                                      wings and webbed 
  1. Swans are large aquatic birds found across the globe.
  2. They are closely related to geese and ducks.
  3. The northern swans found in the northern hemisphere are white in color with orange beaks.
  4. The southern swans may be a mixture of black and white color with black, red or orange beaks.
  5. There are around 7 species of swan found around the world.
  6. Depending on the species their size, color and behavior differs.
  7. They can easily adapt to a life in water with their webbed feet, long neck and streamline body shape.
  8. Their wings are very strong enabling them to fly for short distances despite their weight.
  9. Swans are known for their fierce temperament and are known to cause serious injuries with their wings when under threat.
  10. Interestingly, the Australian Black swan swims with a leg tucked above its tail.
  11. It helps the swan move smoothly and change directions quickly while swimming with one leg.
  12. Swans are omnivores with a primarily vegetarian diet of underwater vegetation, seeds berries and occasionally insects.
  13. Their few natural predators are wolves, raccoons, foxes and humans.
  14. Swan couples are known to share a strong bond and mate for a few years.
  15. Female swans lay 3-9 eggs and cygnets (baby swans) hatch out after a month long incubation.
  16. Cygnets start swimming within a couple of days of birth and are fiercely protected by their mother.
  17. Humans are known to hunt swans for their meat and feathers.
  18. Water pollution and habitat loss are also major factors for their being a threatened species.

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