Swans – Mum and Dad Stay Together for Life
You’ve probably heard the story of the Ugly Duckling, and it’s true – baby swans aren’t as cute as goslings or ducklings. They have gray or brown feathers until they’re about two years old, but they grow up to become the most beautiful of all water fowl. Adult swans usually have pure white feathers and a long, graceful neck.
Swans mate for life and each mate is protective of the other. Swans even touch beaks to kiss. When they kiss, their necks form a heart. Swans form nests near the water’s edge made of mats of reeds and plants. Their eggs are about 4 inches long. When the babies, known as cygnets, are born, they can swim immediately.
Fun Facts about Swans for Kids
- Swans are grumpy, especially when they’re protecting their eggs or babies. They attack other birds that enter their territory. They’ve even attacked dogs or kids that came too close.
- After swans scare off other birds, they flap their wings and call to each other in celebration – sort of like a swan high-five!
- Swans live everywhere but Africa and Antarctica. Swans in Australia and South America are black or black and white.
- Socrates thought swans sang the most beautiful songs right before they died. This is why a last performance is sometimes called a “swan song.”
- In England, the queen owns all mute swans. Every year the swans on the Thames River are rounded up. Their beaks are marked with the queen’s brand. The queen sometimes gives swans as a special gift.
- Fowl: bird
- Graceful: pretty, delicate
- Protective: keeps from harm
- Cygnet: baby swan
- Celebration: party
Learn More All About Swans
Watch tundra swans migrate from this video documentary:
A National Geography documentary of the tundra swan migration.
Question: What are male swans called?
Answer: Male swans are called cobs; females are known as pens.
Question: What do swans eat?
Answer: Swans are herbivores. They dive for plants growing at the bottom of shallow lakes and ponds.
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