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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

“Bird Brain” should be taken as a compliment.

Calling someone a “bird brain” is an insult, but perhaps it should be reconsidered given how many birds display high intelligence and adaptability. For just a few examples, the kea from New Zealand can solve logical puzzles and work with other birds in order to acquire food, observations of Cormorants used by Chinese fishermen indicate that the birds can count up to seven, and many species of birds use simple tools such as sticks to help them acquire food or other items that catch their fancy! There is also a cockatoo named Snowball who can dance to the beat of Billy Idol’s “Dancing With Myself,” though whether this indicates intelligence or not may be a matter of debate or personal taste.

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