Swans are the largest of the waterfowl and, some believe, the most beautiful. Males are called cobs, females are pens, and the young are cygnets.

There are nine species of swans. The Whooper, Trumpeter, Tundra, Mute, Bewick's, and Jankowski's live in the northern hemisphere; the Black-necked, Black, and Coscoroba live in the southern.

The most commonly seen member of the group is the Mute Swan. Its curving neck that has the most vertebra (23) of any bird.

Bewick's Swan
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Learn this bird's different names, where it lives, why it is threatened and what it eats. See them swimming and hear their call. [Audio/video requires free Quicktime download.]
Mute Swan
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Read about where they live and nest in the UK, see them build a nest, hear their call and why they are threatened. [Audio/video requires free Quicktime download.]
Trumpeter Swan
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Explains why this largest swan is endangered in Ohio, what it looks like, how it got its name, and where it lives in North America. [PDF]
Tundra Swan
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] eNature tells what they look like, where they live, why they are not endangered, and what they eat. Hear a recording of their call.
Whooper Swan
[ Kids/Teens/Mature Teens ] Hear what sounds they make, learn why they are threatened, where they nest and when they migrate to the UK. [Audio/video requires free Quicktime download.]
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