Australian Black Swan

Cygnus atratus

There are seven species of  Swan and of those five are white, the other unusual one is the Black-necked Swan from South America.

The Black Swan is the only member of the family that breeds in colonies with nests spaced only a few metres apart. They build a bulky nest of twigs, reeds etc. and lay 5-6 pale green eggs which hatch after 35 days incubation. During the late nineteen hundreds they were so successful with few natural predators and no competition that flocks of  over 50,000 birds were recorded.

Diet: Seeds and vegetation

Distribution: Australia, New Zealand and Tasmania.

Status in the wild: Least concern

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