Black-necked swan cygnets
Habitat: Swamps, freshwater marshes, lagoons of brackish waters, shallow lakes and sheltered coastal sites
Range: Southern South America from Tierra del Fuego and Falkan Islands north to central Chile and Paraguay
Two fuzzy black-necked swan cygnets are the latest Zoo babies to join the flock – just in time for spring break! Though the cygnets currently sport light gray feathers, they will eventually develop the distinct black feathers on their necks and bright red knob on the top of their bills. Black-necked swans are the fastest flyers of all swans, reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour, and the most aquatic due to their short legs positioned on the back of the body. However, this positioning also makes them barely capable of terrestrial locomotion. The young swans can be seen in Waterfowl Walk, where you may even catch a glimpse of them hitching a ride on mom or dad’s back.