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Swans are the largest ofthe water birds. Males weigh about 11kg (24lb) and females about 9 kg (20lb). Teir wingspan can be 2.5 meters (8 ft) wide! Swans can fly in a V-shaped formation when flying groups. While a female is incubating eggs, her male partner becomes very terrtorial, protecting his mate. Pairs stay together for a season, but they often do not mate for life. Baby swans are called “cygnets.” They are gray and downy when born, taking a year to turn white.
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