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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) and weigh over 15kg (33 pounds). Their wingspans can be almost 3m (10 ft)
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The current global population of black swans is estimated to be up to 500,000 individuals.
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The current global population of black swans is estimated to be up to 500,000 individuals.

There are six to seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as a swan, the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered related to the true swans
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There are six to seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as a swan, the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered related to the true swans

Black Swans were first seen by Europeans in 1697, when Willem de Vlamingh's expedition explored the Swan River, Western Australia. At that time, Europeans refused to believe in their existence and were only convinced once de Vlamingh managed to dispatch a couple of specimens to Batavia.
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Black Swans were first seen by Europeans in 1697, when Willem de Vlamingh’s expedition explored the Swan River, Western Australia. At that time, Europeans refused to believe in their existence and were only convinced once de Vlamingh managed to dispatch View Full →

Swan eggs hatch after about 45 days of incubation.
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Swan eggs hatch after about 45 days of incubation.

Swan meat has been regarded as a luxury food in England since at least the reign of Elizabeth I. A recipe for baked swan survives from that time. "To bake a Swan Scald it and take out the bones, and parboil it, then season it very well with Pepper, Salt and Ginger, then lard it, and put it in a deep Coffin of Rye Paste with store of Butter, close it and bake it very well, and when it is baked, fill up the Vent-hole with melted Butter, and so keep it; serve it in as you do the Beef-Pie."
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Swan meat has been regarded as a luxury food in England since at least the reign of Elizabeth I. A recipe for baked swan survives from that time. “To bake a Swan Scald it and take out the bones, and View Full →