Coscoroba Swan

Coscoroba Swan

Coscoroba Swan
Coscoroba coscoroba


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, southern Paraguay and southern Brazil


Habitat

Lagoons and swamps (prefers shallow areas of fresh water with sufficient vegetation for cover)


Diet

Plant matter, small aquatic invertebrates, and small fish

Weight

MALE 8.4 – 11.9 lbs.
FEMALE 7 - 10 lbs.

Length

35 – 45 in.

Wingspan

MALE 18.9 in.
FEMALE 17 – 18 in.

Incubation

33 - 40 days

Clutch

4 - 7 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • Smallest species of swan
  • Loud, trumpet-like sounds are produced by special structures in their throat.
  • Coscoroba swans feed by dabbling or grazing on the surface of the water for plants and algae
  • Flock size varies from a few dozen to hundred or more, depending on the season and location.

 

Conservation

Although its population is not abundant, the Coscoroba swan is not in a state of drastic decline. The most serious threat to its continued survival is loss of habitat.

These swans, with their aquatic feeding needs, are important in maintaining and controlling the growth of aquatic vegetation.

Least Concern

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Address

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