Black Swan

The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a very large bird (110 to 142 centimetres) with a long slender neck. It has white tipped wings which span 160 – 200 centimetres approximately and weighs about 3.7 to 9 kilograms. The Black Swan has black legs and feet.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Jawbone Reserve in Victoria, Australia

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Jawbone Reserve in Victoria, Australia

They are monogamous breeders that share incubation duties and cygnet rearing between the sexes. A pair will remain mated for life.

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia

The Black Swan is mainly herbivorous, with the diet being mainly dominated by marshland and aquatic plants.

A mated pair - Black Swans remain together for life.

A mated pair – Black Swans remain together for life.

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2 thoughts on “Black Swan

  1. Truly an awesome looking bird.
    I took some photos of a black swan on the island of Oahu…at the Valley of the Temples.
    I had never seen a black swan before, except in photographs.
    I was surprised to see that underneath the black wings, there are white feathers….reminded me of a fancy dress tuxedo.

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