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Coscoroba Swan closeup, Epe Zoo It took me quite a while to identify this one. It's head looks like a duck, and its body size suggests it being a large duck, yet in fact it is the smallest swan. Note that I did not saturate the bill, it really is that red. Coscoroba Swan,Coscoroba coscoroba,Epe,Europe,Geotagged,Netherlands,The Netherlands,Wissel Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Coscoroba Swan closeup, Epe Zoo

It took me quite a while to identify this one. It's head looks like a duck, and its body size suggests it being a large duck, yet in fact it is the smallest swan. Note that I did not saturate the bill, it really is that red.

    comments (4)

  1. Interesting bill... here's a bunch of them
    http://carolinabirds.org/HTML/WLD_Duck_Swan.htm
    Posted 5 years ago
    1. Very convenient overview! Is it on the identification guide yet? (sorry, too tired to check). Posted 5 years ago
      1. I just added it ;) Posted 5 years ago
        1. Thanks! Posted 5 years ago

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The Coscoroba Swan is a species of waterfowl endemic to southern South America. It is the smallest of the birds called "swans", but still a large species of waterfowl. It belongs to the subfamily Anserinae in the family of ducks, swans, and geese, Anatidae. It is placed in the monotypic genus ''Coscoroba''. The Coscoroba Swan is traditionally considered as an early branch from the common ancestor leading to true geese and swans, and recently genetic studies have associated a phylogenetic relationship.. more

Similar species: Ducks, Geese, Etc.
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Apr 25, 2014. Captured Jul 28, 2012 11:00 in Achterste Molenweg 17, 8162 RC Epe, The Netherlands.
  • NIKON D7000
  • f/6.3
  • 1/200s
  • ISO800
  • 500mm