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What is a baby swan called?

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Baby swans are known as "cygnets," a word derived from the Latin word for swan, "cygnus." Cygnets are easily distinguished from adults, as they are much smaller and are usually covered in a gray downy coat.

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What is a baby swan called?
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A swan's brood usually consists of three to eight cygnets. Unlike the adults, which live on water plants, grains and grasses, cygnets eat aquatic insects and crustaceans, often catching these creatures as they are stirred up by the parent swans' foraging. Young swans are mature enough to form adult pair bonds as young as 20 months but usually do not begin nesting and raising cygnets of their own until they are 4 or 5 years old.

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    What is the correct name for a baby swan?

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    The correct name for a baby swan is a cygnet. Swans lay between three and nine eggs at a time, and the cygnets are born after approximately 1 month.

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    Where do swans live?

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    Swans are found throughout the northern U.S., Canada and Alaska. A large population of swans can be found in Alaska near the Copper River Delta and Prince William Sound, and some swans make a migratory trip to Michigan each spring to breed and spend the summer raising their young on the Great Lakes.

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    Can swans fly?

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    Swans are capable of flight. In fact, the swans that are often seen around marshes, lakes and ponds are able to fly only 60 days after hatching.

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    How long does a swan live?

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    Swans can live anywhere from 24 years to 33 years. Trumpeter swans live the longest out of the different species and tend to live longer in captivity than in the wild.

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