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Trumpeter swan - (Cygnus buccinator) The largest and rarest of the swans in the world. Adults usually measure cm ft 6 ft 5 in) long, though large males can exceed 180 cm in) in total length.

Whooper Swan Preening, Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido Japan - photo by Wolfgang Kaehler via artflakes.com

Whooper swan (Cygnus Cygnus) preening, Lake Kussharo, Hokkaido Japan - photo by Wolfgang Kaehler

** Blue winter whisper

My Grandma Perry said she was coming back as a swan, because they were beautiful.

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Dajare is a kind of comic Japanese wordplay, which can be best compared to Western puns. It relies on similarities in the pronunciation of words in a short

Swans are extremely graceful and great to watch. Don’t get too close though, they are territorial birds

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Cygnus Olor, The mute swan. A very old legend says that swans are mute throughout their lives but sing beautifully and mournfully just before they die.