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Black Swan
Cygnus atratus
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Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Quick Reference on the Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

Black Swan: Scientific name: Cygnus atratus
Registered by Latham in 1790.
No subspecies recognized.
Distribution: Australia and Tasmania. Introduced in New Zealand. Feral individuals in Europe and Japan.
Movements: Sedentary. Displaces according to food abundance.
Habitat: Lakes and deposits of fresh water. Occasional on sea coast.
Behavior: Sociable. Concentrations of up to 70,000 individuals.
Nesting: Colonies.
Usually once a year.
Nesting Season: Rainy season (different time of the year according to location).
Nest: Small islands, on the aquatic grass, on lakes shores.
Accumulation of grass that can reach two meters wide by one high.
Clutch: From four to seven eggs, can be as many as ten.
Eggs: Light green.
Incubation: 35 to 45 days. Both parents.
Cygnets: Born with white feathers. Later change to dark gray plumage.
Fly at six months of age.
Adulthood: At two years of age.
Food: Aquatic plants.
Description: Sexes are alike.
Plumage: Black.
Dimensions: Length from 1.2 to 1.4 meters (4 to 4 1/2 feet).
Weight: Male: average 6.3 Kg. (14 pounds) maximum 8.7 Kg. (19 pounds)
Female: average 5.1 Kg. (11 pounds)
Head: Small in proportion to the body. Covered with feathers.
Beak: Red with a white band.
Nostrils at the middle.
Medium size in proportion to the head. Wide and flattened.
Neck: Long. Covered with feathers.
Legs: Short. Dark gray.
Other names:
Spanish: “Cisne Negro”
Portuguese: “cisne preto”
French: “Cygne Noir”
German: “Trauerschwan”

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

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