Black Swan Fact Sheet

Class:

Aves

Order:

Aneriformes

Family:

Anatidae

Genus:

Cygnus
Species:

atratus 

Lifespan:

30-40 years

Gestation:

35 days

Number of Young:

4-10

Size:

Length of 3.5 ft; wingspan of 6 ft.

Weight:

Up to 20 lbs

Reproduction:

Swans mate for life, nesting in the same territory year after year.

Range:

Native to Australia but have been introduced to New Zealand and Sweden. Introduced into Europe as pets, but now many countries feature escaped small populations.

Habitat:

Live in lakes, rivers, and swampland, which can be fresh, salt, or brackish water. Thy prefer areas with aquatic vegetation.

Diet:

Herbivorous, eat sub-aquatic foliage that they reach with their long necks.

Description:

All black plumage exept for white flight feathers. The bill is bright red with a pale tip and bar. They have the classical swan look with a long, arched nack and raised eyebrows.

Come visit Grace and Sheila in Walkabout Creek.

Facts:

  • The male swan is called a cob, the female is called a pen, and the young is called a cygnet.