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Re: Swan language glossary available?
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 4 March 2014
In Response To: Swan language glossary available? (Debra)

Hi Debra:

No, we don't have a swan glossary. But, the vocalizations you are describing are pretty straightforward.

1. Hissing usually more by female swans than males, but they will both hiss to let you know you are getting too close or they really don't like something.

2. High pitched squeaking sound is a stress sound, sometimes calling for their mates or cygnets, but can just be a stress associated vocalization.

3. Bleeping type sound. Usually, a greeting, especially if the head is bobbing and you are offering food.

5. Purr, maybe described as a low hum. Usually, when you pick them up and calm them down they will make this sound.

Hopefully, this is of benefit. The Regal Swan

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Swan language glossary available? -- Debra -- 4 March 2014
Re: Swan language glossary available? -- The Regal Swan -- 4 March 2014