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2009-06-24 13:35:00

A wildlife biologist says a geriatric swan in the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge in Spokane, Wash., is father to four new cygnets. Refuge wildlife biologist Mike Rule said Solo is a trumpeter swan thought to be between 33 and 46 years old. The cygnets were apparently born Father's Day weekend, The Spokesman-Review reported Monday. An average lifespan of a trumpeter swan in the wild is 20 to 30 years. Rule said Solo spent 22 years mating prior to the recent birth without any offspring....

2005-11-21 16:10:11

SANTIAGO, Chile-- A recently opened pulp mill in Chile has devastated one of South America's most biologically outstanding wetlands, decimating its famed population of black-necked swans, along with most other bird life, a WWF-led team of investigators said Monday. "What was probably the largest population of black necked swans in South America has been wiped out in less than a year. It is an environmental catastrophe," said Clifton Curtis, director of World Wildlife Fund's Global Toxic...


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2006-03-06 17:26:02

The Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba) is the smallest species of swan belonging to the family Anatidae. Since it is only distantly related to the other swans it has its own genus, Coscoroba. The plumage is white except for black tips to the outer six primary feathers. This black is often barely visible on the closed wing but in flight, they are prominent. The bird has a red beak, legs and feet and they look somewhat more like geese than swans. The female looks almost identical to the...

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2006-03-06 17:19:35

The Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) is a common Eurasian member of the duck, goose and swan family Anatidae. Distribution This bird is found mainly in temperate areas of Europe and western Asia. It is not normally migratory, but some populations are forced to move in winter when waterways and lakes freeze. They are sometimes found at the coast, particularly in winter, rather than solely being birds of inland waters. For aesthetic reasons, this species is often kept in captivity in areas...

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2006-03-06 17:07:40

The Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus) is a member of the duck, goose and swan family, Anatidae. It is a waterbird found throughout South America - in Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and on the Falkland Islands. In winter, this bird migrates northwards to Paraguay and southern Brazil. The Laguna Blanca National Park in Argentina is a protected home of the swan.

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2006-03-06 17:02:19

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is an Australian waterbird and a member of the duck, goose, and swan family, Anatidae. Black swans are found in throughout Australia. Prior to the arrival of the Māori a sub-species, the New Zealand Swan used to live in New Zealand. This was hunted to extinction. More recently however, both introductions by Europeans and probable natural migration have helped these birds to re-establish themselves in New Zealand again. The adult bird weighs up to 20...

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2006-03-06 16:48:32

Bewick's Swan (Cygnus bewickii) is a small European swan sometimes considered a subspecies of the Whistling Swan, forming the species Tundra Swan. It is named after the engraver Thomas Bewick who specialized in illustrations of birds and animals. Bewick's is the smallest of the three European swans, at 115-127cm length and a 170-195cm wingspan. It is similar in appearance to the Whooper Swan only smaller, shorter-necked and with a more rounded head shape, with variable bill pattern, but...

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