Animals that can fly and swim are always of interest to animal lovers. Here is a list of 7 animals that can do both.
7 Animals that can fly and swim
Geese are beautiful and social water birds that are able to fly and swim. They are native to North America and they live near open water, thickets, mudflats, and wetlands.
Geese usually live 10 – 15 years in the wild, while in captivity they can live more than 30 years. (source)
A fast flyer with many talents – they can fly up to 30 mph in one burst; they are able to reach altitudes up to 9 000 feet. During migration, they fly as low as 2000 ft., sometimes for more than 50 miles.
Diving for food underwater, they can reach depths between thirty to forty feet below the surface. When not in flight or swimming, their wings remain still so that they don’t dry out against water’s resistance.
Unlike swans who need to be drawn ashore with their wing feathers firmly wrapped around their body.
Geese are docile while grouped but when defending themselves have powerful bite forces capable of driving humans away from them.
Duck is the scientific name of an animal that belongs to a group called “waterfowls”.
Native to North and South America, ducks are a type of freshwater bird known for their webbed feet, waterproof feathers, and bone structure. These characteristics allow ducks to fly quite fast.
They are well-known for their ability to fly at speeds of 40 to 60 miles per hour. Ducks fly mostly during the day, with many species being diurnal.
Besides being fast flyers, these aquatic birds are great swimmers.
They can remain underwater for up to 1 minute. Their diet includes aquatic plants, fish, and insect larvae found on freshwater lakes and streams.
Duck colors vary depending on the brightness in their habitat. They typically feature brown or black plumage with white stripes along the neck area.
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The swan is a long-necked waterbird that belongs to the Duck family and was found in Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Africa.
Swans have webbed feet which help them swim quite fast.
These birds are gentle creatures with glossy feathers covering their whole body. On average, they live 20 years.
When it comes to flying, swans can reach speeds of 18 to 30 mph.
They use toes instead of claws to grasp things because they cannot dive as ducks do. Because their long necks get in the way.
Instead, when feeding on vegetables from the bottom of rivers and lakes they bob their heads back like cows to reach food.
Swans are great swimmers but prefer not to undress too much: how else could they proudly put their heads into the air?
They are quite majestic-looking birds, and they clean themselves like cats by using their beak while swimming or lying in shallow water. This helps them stay healthy!
Besides being animals that can fly and swim, seagulls have been known for many other things.
Swooping over fishing boats, fly at night in order to scavenge food from litter and waterspouts in seaside towns, screeching as they enter the land to roost on buildings.
They feed on fish but will also break shells to get crabs or mussels out; along with occasional picking at carrion or human refuse when it is available.
Individuals from this species prefer to remain close to the coastline or seashore, where they like to live in colonies large enough for them to patrol their feeding territory.
Seagulls are scavenger birds from the sea. They inhabit the land, air, and waters. The average flying altitude of the seagull is 50 feet. They can also dive as deep as 40 feet for food.
Webbed feet help them row and propel themselves deep in water. They have strong and sharp claws that help them catch prey.
These seabirds would sometimes rest on top of the water without sinking in. Birds that sleep on the water!
Loons are migratory, carnivore birds found in different parts of North America. These aquatic birds are named after their clumsy movement on the ground. (source)
Loons eat fish, but they are also known to feed on frogs, snails, and crayfish. They prefer clear water habitats so that they can seize their prey easier.
They have unusual physical characteristics; their legs are positioned at the back of the body. Which makes it very difficult for them to walk on land.
However, when in the water, their legs are perfect tools for swimming both above and underwater.
Besides being great swimmers and divers, loons are also strong flyers. Even though they struggle with takeoffs, once they are in the air, they can fly at speed of 75 miles per hour.
They are also known after long distances flights. In one documented case, a loon flew 650 miles in one day!
Because of their black and white plumage, many people confuse them with penguins. Yet, puffins come from totally different bird families.
According to worldwildlife 60% of the total puffin’s population live in Iceland.
These stocky seabirds usually feed by diving in the water. Equipped with webbed feet, puffins can dive to depths of 200 ft.
However, they are unable to stay underwater for more than 30 seconds. The bulk of their diet consists of small fish.
When not swimming or hunting, puffins usually rest on the waves.
In the air, they can fly at speed of 55 miles per hour, typically maintaining heights of 30 feet above the water.
Pelicans are social large birds from the Pelicanidea family that inhabit lakes, rivers, and coastlines.
Easy recognizable due to their long beaks and throat pouches used for catching the fish. Pelicans are among few bird species that have totipalmate feet. (source)
Same as loons, pelicans are not so skilled on the ground. Yet, they have strong legs and in combination with webbed feet – pelicans are superb swimmers.
When in the air, pelicans fly in groups, usually in V formations. They can remain in the air for 24 hours, covering a hundred miles in one flight.
According to Wikipedia, pelicans use the ground effect phenomenon to save substantial energy while flying.