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Swan and chick

Cynus melancoryphus

Description:

That is a beautiful swan of the south of Chile.The body plumage is white with a black neck, head and greyish bill. It has a red knob near the base of the bill and white stripe behind eye. The sexes are similar, with the female slightly smaller.

Notes:

In 2004 and 2005 thousands of Black-necked Swans in the Carlos Anwandter Nature Sanctuary in Chile died or migrated away following major contamination by Valdivia Pulp Mill located on the Cruces River which feeds the wetlands. By August 2005 the birds in the Sanctuary had been "wiped out"; only four birds could be observed from a population formerly estimated at 5,000 birds. Autopsies on dead swans attributed the deaths to high levels of iron and other metals polluting the water

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2 Comments

EmilyMarino
EmilyMarino 12 years ago

How cute! Great shot!

Captain Nature
Captain Nature 12 years ago

Cute spotting

Valdivia, XIV Región de Los Ríos, Chile

Spotted on Jul 13, 2012
Submitted on Jul 13, 2012

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