What Is The National Animal of Denmark?

What Is The National Animal of Denmark?

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The National Animal of Denmark is the Mute Swan. It Scientific Name is Cygnus olor. It was Officially Adopted in 1984, replacing the Skylark Alauda arvensis. The swan was not officially granted status as the National Animal of Denmark by law but by a popular vote held by either Danish Television or Denmark Radio.

Statistics

Length: 1.5m
Wingspan: 2.2m
Weight: 9-11.5kg
Average lifespan: 10 years

Description

The exotic Mute Swan is the elegant bird of Russian ballets and European fairy tales. This swan swims with its long neck curved into an S and often holds its wings raised slightly above its back. Although they’re numerous and familiar in city parks and in bays and lakes in the Pacific Northwest, Great Lakes, Northeast, and Midatlantic, Mute Swans are not native to North America.

Their aggressive behavior and voracious appetites often disturb local ecosystems, displace native species, and even pose a hazard to humans. Mute swans begin breeding by their third spring. The female builds a large nest of down and marsh grasses close to the water.

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