Black Swan

Black Swan

Black Swan
Cygnus atrata


CLASS
Aves
ORDER
Anseriformes
FAMILY
Anatidae

Range

Australia


Habitat

Near fresh or brackish water, especially swamps and lakes


Diet

Aquatic plants, occasionally insects

Weight

Up to 20 lbs.

Length

43 - 56 in.

Wingspan

5 - 6.5 ft.

Incubation

About 35 days

Clutch

4 - 10 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • They are generally black with white wing tips, which are conspicuous in flight.
  • Able to fly at speeds up to 50 mph.
  • Pairs are strongly territorial and defend a large area around the nest.
  • They have fine grooves along their bills that help grip their diet of underwater plants.
  • Their long necks contain 24 to 25 vertebrae, three times the amount of most mammals.

 

Conservation

The black swan population is currently stable.

Least Concern

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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