Bookmarkable URL:http://hdl.handle.net/10217/54438

Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Aves
Order:Anseriformes
Family:Anatidae
Genus:Cygnus
Genus species:Cygnus atratus

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:106-142 cm
Weight:male: up to 8 kg
Identification:The black swan has sooty black feathers that are curled. The primaries and secondaries are white. Their eyes and bill are red in color.
Habitat:Slow-flowing, open waters
Diet:Omnivore: aquatic plants and small animals
Reproduction:The onset of breeding season is determined by the water level. Black swans can therefore breed any time of the year if the conditions are correct. They may nest in dense colonies. Both parents will incubate the eggs for 36-40 days. The female sits on the eggs during the day while the male incubates them at night.
Highly gregarious, as many as 10,000 birds will congregate on favored lakes.
Behavior:Black swans are frequently heard flying at night, and they are flightless during molt.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:The black swan was discovered by the Dutch in 1697; it was regarded with amazement.

Other Information

Geographic:Australia
New Zealand
Tasmania
Date:1971-01 Subjects:duck-like bird
Black swan
Swans
Anatidae
Anseriformes
Birds
Vertebrates
Chordata