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Windsurfing in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)

Terenius, Olle (2016). Windsurfing in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor). Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 128 :3 , 628-631
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Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) were observed using tailwind as a support for high-speed water transportation on three different occasions in three different locations in Sweden. With the wings arched over the back, they traveled similar to 100 m in an inlet of the Baltic Sea in Stockholm, several hundred meters in Lake Hjalstaviken in Enkoping, and similar to 350 m in Lake Krankesjon in Lund. The speed of the movement was estimated to be much higher than normally seen for swimming swans. The first observation included two Mute Swans traveling one after another in the same direction, the second observation was of one single individual traveling towards a group of conspecifics, and the third observation was of a single individual traveling by itself. This behavior may serve as a means of medium-distance water transportation in this heavy bird species.

Authors/Creators:Terenius, Olle
Title:Windsurfing in Mute Swans (Cygnus olor)
Series Name/Journal:Wilson Journal of Ornithology
Year of publishing :2016
Page range:628-631
Number of Pages:4
Publisher:The Wilson Ornithological Society
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 1 Natural sciences > 106 Biological Sciences (Medical to be 3 and Agricultural to be 4) > Zoology
Agrovoc terms:birds, movement
Keywords:aggressive posture, Cygnus olor, Mute Swan, water transportation, windsurfing
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Web of Science (WoS)000384566900017
Alternative URL:http://www.bioone.org/doi/10.1676/1559-4491-128.3.628
ID Code:14042
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Ecology
(S) > Dept. of Ecology
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Deposited On:16 Feb 2017 11:24
Metadata Last Modified:09 Sep 2020 14:17

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