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Trumpeter Swan   (Cygnus buccinator)
Category: Birds

 

 

This swan holds the distinction of being North America’s largest waterfowl. They typically weigh 15-30 pounds and their wingspans can exceed 10 feet! Trumpeter swans are fiercely protective parents and will battle attackers to the death if necessary.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Trumpeter_Swan/id

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trumpeter_swan

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Aves
Order - Anseriformes
Family - Anatidae
Genus - Cygnus
Species - C. buccinator

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Sugar, Honey Honey…

Too much sugar in the diet leads to obesity for humans: if we drink a can of soda pop (which is mostly high fructose corn syrup), the fructose is converted into fat by our livers; drink too many too often, and we end up gaining weight. But for hummingbirds, sugar isn’t something to eat sparingly: it is a source of power! Because of their simple, sugar rich diet, hummingbirds have adapted the ability to fuel their muscles with fructose without first converting it to fat - a feat unique among vertebrates. We do not yet know for sure how they process it so fast, though experiments have demonstrated that they do indeed possess this amazing capability. How fast, you ask? Their metabolisms are so extreme, a human-sized hummingbird would have to drink a can of soda pop every minute in order to gain weight!

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