Black-necked Swan

Black-necked Swan

Black-necked Swan
Cygnus melanocoryphus


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Falkland Islands and Southern South America, including areas of Brazil, Bolivia and Patagonia


Habitat

Swamps, brackish lagoons, shallow lakes, freshwater marshes


Diet

Pond weeds and algae, insects, small invertebrates and fish spawn

Weight

8 - 15 lbs.

Height

40 – 55 in.

Wingspan

70 in.

Incubation

36 days

Clutch

4 – 8 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Largest waterfowl in southern South America.
  • They are one of the fastest fliers of the eight swan species, often reaching speeds of 50 miles per hour.
  • The male is referred to as the cob, the female as the pen, and the young are called cygnets.
  • Aggressive birds that are very protective.
  • Their bill has special jagged edge that helps them tear through tough or slippery vegetation.
  • They spend most of their time in the water. They are excellent swimmers, but are awkward walkers on land.

 

Conservation

Common and widespread; not globally threatened. Habitat loss, including draining of many marsh and wetland areas, continues to be the largest threat to this species.

Least Concern

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Alexandria, LA 71301
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