The Swan

A Swan On The Canal

  • Swans are large water birds that can swim and fly.
  • The male swan is called the cob.
  • The female swan is called the pen.
  • Young swans are called cygnets.
  • Mute swans (Cygnus olor) are found in Great Britain.
  • The mute swan is a very large bird which has white plumage, grey-black legs and an orange-red bill with black on it.
  • This swan can be found in lowland areas of the UK, on freshwater such as lakes, ponds and rivers, both in the countryside and in towns.
  • Swans feed by dipping their heads under water to find food.
  • Swans breed from March – May.

A Swan Sitting On Her Nest

  • Huge nests are built along the water’s edge, from vegetation.
  • The female lays a clutch of 3-8 eggs.
  • Incubation of the swan’s eggs takes 35 days.
  • When the cygnets hatch out, they are grey and then they grow brown feathers which turn white within the first 12 months.
  • During the breeding period the male swan becomes territorial and can be aggressive.

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