Black Necked Swan

This beautiful swan is easily identified by its distinctive black neck and head. This bird primarily feeds on underwater vegetation. Since the black-necked swan doesn’t dive for food, it has that nice long neck to reach underwater for food. Besides being an excellent swimmer, the black-necked swan can fly at speeds of up to 50 mph. This swan does migrate within its range.

Black Necked Swan

Phoenicopterus chilensis

Habitat: Temperate South America

Diet in the wild: Pond weed, milfoil, wild celery, also some aquatic insects and small invertebrates

Size: 40-50 inches, with a wingspan of 53-70 inches; 7-15 pounds

Family: Monogamous, mate for life

Status: Least Concern

Did you know? A male swan is called a cob, a female is a pen and a baby is a cygnet.

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