Swans are a large waterbird species that is known for their grace and elegance. They are diurnal birds, meaning they are active both day and night. They can be found in lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water across the world.
Swans typically sleep standing on one leg or whilst floating in the water. They tuck their necks back under their wings and fluff out their feathers for warmth. This position is also able to help them stay alert and aware of any vibrations in the water that may indicate the approach of predators.
Baby swans, called cygnets, will sometimes sleep on their parents’ backs for a few days after they have been born. This helps them stay safe until they are strong enough to float on their own and avoid being attacked by predators.
Swans often gather together in groups at night to keep each other safe. They will usually spend their nights on the water, as it is easier to find food and shelter here than on land.
Many swans will migrate in winter to find warmer areas with open water. They don’t have any set migratory routes and will travel as far as they need to in order to escape the cold. During their journey, they will find suitable ponds to spend the night in so they can rest and recuperate from their long journey. In the colder months, swans will spend up to 16 hours each day sleeping, as they need to conserve their energy in order to survive the freezing temperatures.