Project Description

(Cygnus melancoryphus)

The Black-Necked Swan is the largest waterfowl native to South America.

It is found in freshwater marshes, lagoons, and lake shores. Their jagged edged bills allow them to filter food from the water and their rough tongue enables them to grasp slippery plant matter.

The Black-Necked Swan is a strong flier and capable of long-distance migrations with speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Their legs, that are so well-adapted to swimming, are almost incapable of walking on land.

Fast Facts

Country of Origin: South America

Weight: 10 - 15 lbs

Size: 40 - 49 inches length

Lifespan: 20 years in the wild

Diet: The Black-Necked Swan's diet consists mainly of algae and aquatic plant vegetations, insects, and fish.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

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