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)
Black swans occur over large parts of Australia, with estimates of their range varying from 1 to 10 million square kilometers.
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 →
The number of eggs in a swan clutch ranges from three to eight.
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.