People often see swans by the lake, what beautiful animal it is. The following is a brief introduction to these animals.
Swans are national second-class protected animals. It is distributed on every continent except Africa and Antarctica. It has a slender neck, longer than or as long as the body, a short and round tail, and 20-24 tail feathers.
It likes to live in groups in lakes and swamps and mainly feeds on aquatic plants, as well as snails and molluscs. Most of them are monogamous and stay together for life.
There are many courtship behaviors, and the male and female will tend to make the same movements in a consistent manner and will comb each other's feathers thoughtfully.
They reproduce once a year, and the eggs are relatively large, such as whooper swan eggs weighing more than 400 grams. Young birds are early fledglings. When migrating, they gather in groups, but they still operate in small groups.
In addition to the common white swan, there is also the opposite black swan.
The body length of the black swan is 110-140 cm; the wingspan is 160-200 cm; the weight is 3.7-8.75 kg. It has the longest neck of any swan species. This slender neck is usually arched or erected in an "S" shape.
The feathers of the whole body are curly, mainly black gray, or dark brown, the abdomen is off-white, and the flight feathers are white. It has a bright waxy beak, red or orange, with a white stripe near the end.
Native to Australia, it is an important member of the swan family and is a world-renowned ornamental bird. Black swans inhabit coasts, bays, lakes, and other waters, and move in pairs or groups.
Their food is almost entirely plants, various aquatic plants, and algae. It is highly nomadic, with irregular migration patterns, mainly dependent on climatic conditions, and forms large groups of thousands when migrating.
Distributed in southwestern, southern, and eastern Australia. It was later introduced to Singapore, the United Kingdom, and some Western European countries.
The swan is such a beautiful and incomparable animal, it naturally has a special symbolic meaning.
The swan represents the symbolism of grace, beauty, bravery, kindness, and strength. Swans can be divided into white swans and black swans according to their external color.
The white swan represents the symbolic meaning of nobility, holiness, and loyalty, and the black swan represents the symbolic meaning of night, loneliness, and mystery.
In addition, the flying height of the swan ranks among the top among all birds, and it is one of the birds with the highest flying height. Therefore, this high-flying bird is also regarded as a symbol of people who challenge heights and have high aspirations.
In addition to this, the image varies greatly between different countries.
1. Because of the swan's white feathers, graceful body, moving voice, and loyal behavior, both Eastern and Western cultures in Eurasia regard the white swan as a symbol of purity, loyalty, and nobility.
2. There are many stories about swans in Japan. They are considered to be messengers of the sky and "divine birds".