Adaptations-Walking with two left feet!

         The black-necked swan is the smallest of its genus, ranging from 40-50 inches long.  Besides being small in size it also has very short legs that are positioned far back on its body.  This adaptation is excellent for swimming, making the black-necked swan the most aquatic and best swimmer of the swans, while also making it the most awkward on land.  In fact, the positioning of its legs is so far off center that the black-necked swan is barely able to propel walk on solid ground.  Their short legs also make taking off and landing trickier, but once in the air they are one of the swiftest-flying swans.  Despite their small wing span (15-18 inches), black-necked swans are the fastest of the eight swan species, they can fly up to 50 miles per hour!
          This bird also has many adaptations to accommodate its diet.  To aid in the consumption of aquatic plants, this swan has developed a jagged beak that allows it to filter feed nutrients from the water.  A rough tongue is another adaptation that allows the black-necked swan to grip the slippery submergent vegetation that it feeds on.