Coscoroba Swan

(Coscoroba Coscoroba)

Appearance: - The Coscoroba Swan has an all-white plumage except for black wing tips which can be seen when in flight, brown eyes, a bright reddish-pink beak and reddish-pink legs and feet. Both sexes are alike. The body resembles a very small swan, the head looks like a goose, and the beak is similar to a duck.

Size: - Typical Adult is 90-115cm (35-45in).

Food: - Aquatic plants, insects, grazes on grasses, also mussels and fish.

Habitat/Range: - Well-vegetated swamps, lagoons, and lakes in South America - southern Chile and central Argentina, south to Tierra del Fuego and the Falkland Islands. Wintering further north in central Chile, northern Argentina, south-east Brazil and Uraguay.

Coscoroba Swan Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - July to October or later further south.

Eggs: - 4 to 7 (creamy-white colour).

Notes: - The Coscoroba Swan is a distant relation to the Swan and is sometimes linked to the Whistling Duck. They have a loud call 'cos-cor-oo' which is how they get their name. Unlike the larger swans, the smaller Coscoroba Swan can take-off without having to run across the water.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Coscoroba.

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