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
Swans usually mate for life, though ‘divorce’ does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.
The word swan is derived from Old English swan, akin to the German Schwan and Dutch zwaan and Swedish svan, in turn derived from Indo-European root *swen (to sound, to sing), whence Latin derives sonus (sound)
Both male and female swans incubate the eggs. The male takes the day shift, while the female incubates the clutch at night.
Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although small numbers of aquatic animals may be eaten. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, View Full →