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Black-necked Swan

>> Feb 18, 2011

These elegant swans were captured on Swan Lake (Nusantara Flower Park, Cipanas, West Java, Indonesia). As their names, this swan has a unique black neck. It has a red knob near the base of the bill and white stripe behind eye. The sexes are similar, with the female slightly smaller. The cygnet has a light grey plumage with black bill and feet.

The Black-necked Swan, like its nearest relatives the Black and Mute Swan is relatively silent. Also, unlike most wildfowl, both parents regularly carry the cygnets on their backs. The female lays four to six eggs in a nest of vegetation mound. The diet consists mainly of vegetation, insects and fish spawn.

Black-necked swans spend almost all of their time in water. They actually have trouble walking on land, because their legs are set so far back on their body (to help in swimming).

A male and female swan usually mate for life, but will find a new partner if one should die.

Data source: stlzoo.org

12 komentar:

jansbasic February 19, 2011 at 1:26 AM  

wow! lovely swan..yeah or else the other one will die too!
have a great friday!

eileeninmd February 19, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

What a beautiful swan. I have seen the black swans and the white swans but this one is new to me. Wonderful photos.

Kay L. Davies February 19, 2011 at 11:01 PM  

I've also seen black swans and plenty of white ones, but never a black-necked swan. They're beautiful.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Anonymous February 20, 2011 at 12:01 AM  

Oh gosh.. what beautiful creatures! Lovely shots.

Linda February 20, 2011 at 6:14 AM  

What gorgeous swans. I've never seen the black necked variety.

Chubskulit Rose February 20, 2011 at 6:50 AM  
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Marie February 21, 2011 at 11:25 PM  

Just gorgeous! I love that they both carry the babies on their back -- that's so sweet!

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