Swan Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Dina Albert
There are many types of birds that live around us. They are colorful and beautiful, small and large, but swans stand out among all birds as one of the most elegant and graceful. In this lesson, you will learn more about swans, including their habits and habitat.

Swans: Habitat, Migration, and Diet

If you have seen geese and ducks, you've probably noticed that these birds have similar features to swans. This is because swans are related to geese and ducks. They are waterfowl.

Swans can live in groups near ponds in your area. They like temperate regions, areas that are not freezing (like the south and north poles) but also not very hot (like the tropical areas). They make their nests near shallow bodies of water, which is where they get their food.

Swans are herbivores, meaning they eat plants. These plants are usually underwater, and they dip their heads and use their long necks to get to the plants. When the weather gets cold, most swans from North American migrate to warmer areas. That is, they fly from North America in the winter to warmer areas around the Arctic.

Types of Swans

There are seven species of swans. We'll look at three common breeds of swans: the Mute swan, Trumpeter swan, and the Black swan.

The Mute Swan

Mute swan
mute swan

A mute swan is more silent than the trumpeter swan, but be careful trying to see it up close. It will make hissing sounds and flap its wings when it feels it or it's children are in danger. In fact, they are one of the most aggressive swans. This particular swan can grow up to 67 inches in length (about three feet long) and have an 8-foot wingspan, which is wider than a man's arms spread out and measured fingertip to fingertip. These big birds weigh up to 26 pounds if they are male and up to 20 pounds if they are female, which is about the weight of a 1-year-old baby. And don't worry about missing out on seeing them year round because mute swans don't migrate like other swans do.

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter swan
trumpeter swan

Another beautiful swan that is quite famous is the trumpeter swan. Their name suits them because of the loud but low-pitched sounds they make. Like the mute swan. they weigh up to 26 pounds and are around 6 feet long. Their wingspan is usually around 8 feet wide also.

Black Swan

Black swan
black swan

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