A colony of Black Swans in Dawlish, Devon has become so well associated with the town that the bird has been the town’s emblem for
The swans are the largest members of the duck family Anatidae, and are amongst the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach a length of over 1.5 m (60 inches) View Full →
There are two collective nouns for a group of swans. A group on the ground is known as a ‘bank’, while a group in flight is called a ‘wedge’ of swans.
The Northern Hemisphere species of swan have pure white plumage but the Southern Hemisphere species are mixed black and white. The Australian Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is completely black except for the white flight feathers on its wings; the chicks View Full →
Swans usually mate for life, though ‘divorce’ does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.