Whooper Swan watercolor

( Cygnus cygnus – Singschwan – sangsvane ) Large type of swan breeding far up north and with a call that can be heard more than a km. away. The Whooper swan talks a lot, and some people think they have so many different sounds it might make up a simple language

The whooper swan

Text and watercolor by Frits Ahlefeldt

The whooper swans pair for life and if one of them die they are one of the birds that are known to grieve the loss of their mate

The whooper swan can weight up to around 15 kg. ( normally 7-14 kg. ) The birds are so heavy and build for being on the water that their legs can’c carry them for extended periods. The Whooper swans will then seek to the water or rest on their body instead.

The Whooper swan can make many different sounds and calls and their ways of using their calls have long fascinated the biologists. Apparently whooper swans can communicate a lot of things to each other… Both loud and clear, and they do it often both in the water, on land and in the air.

Watercolor of -Whooper swan ( cygnus cygnus, sangschwane - sangsvane) Biodiversity illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
The Whooper swan – standing

Keywords: watercolor, biodiversity, wildlife, birdlife, birds, swans, Cygnus, svaner, fugle, biodiversityDK

Wikipedia link: Whooper swan

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