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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Swans in Britain

Swans are a fairly common bird on the lakes, canals and rivers of Britain and are a protected species.

Swans, of the genus Cygnus, are related to ducks and geese and are some of the largest flying birds.

Swans are herbivorous birds and form mostly monogamous pairs. The male swan is a cob and the female a pen. Young swans are cygnets. There are estimated to be about 22,000 swans in the UK.

The British monarch holds ownership rights to unmarked mute swans in open water in the UK.

Since medieval times swans have been considered a royal delicacy.

Swans are a common site on Britain's canals.

Swans can be aggressive in the protection of their young and it is a common fallacy to hear of people having their arms broken by swans.

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