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