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Swan Lake's Odile | by j_aubz
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Swan Lake's Odile

Black Swans are large waterbirds that measure between 1.1 and 1.4 m (3.5 - 4.5 ft) in length. They have a wingspan between 1.6 and 2 m (5.2 - 6.5 ft) and they weigh between 6 and 9 kgs (13 - 20 lbs).


Their feathers are mainly black in colour but they have a line of white flight feathers on the edges of their wings. These feathers are sometimes on show when they are at rest but they are conspicuous in flight. Their bill is bright red with a pale bar and tip, and their legs and feet are grey/black in colour. They moult once a year after breeding and during this time they cannot fly.


Their neck is long and "S" shaped and while swimming they either hold their neck arched or straight and they often carry their wings raised in an aggressive display.

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Taken on November 7, 2009