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Bird Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

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Common Name: Black Swan

Scientific Name: Cygnus atratus

Family: Anatidae

Order:Anseriformes

Other Names: NA.

Distribution: Throughout Australia with the exception of Cape York Peninsula, and are more common in the south.

Habitat: Preferred larger salt, brackish or fresh waterways and permanent wetlands, requiring 40 m or more of clear water to take off.

Field Notes: Mostly black, with the exception of the broad white wing tips which are visible in flight. The bill is a deep orange-red, paler at the tip, with a distinct narrow white band towards the end. Younger birds are much greyer in colour, and have black wing tips. Birds fly at night and rest during the day with other swans. Size:110- 140cm.

Photo by Auscraft 2011, Gympie,QLD.

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First pic of pair, second pic is their young
 
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Can become aggressive to people and pets when they have young.
 
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As many may know, Perth's Swan River was so named due to its large population of these birds. Numbers declined as land was developed, but thankfully a program over recent years has seen their numbers on the increase. Basically it involved fencing off reeded foreshore areas, and educating the public about keeping themselves and their dogs out of those areas, and voila! Breeding grounds made safer = more cygnus atratus. Great example of the community in action.
 

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First time in my life I have seen younger birds. Real treat for me on the day pic was taken
 

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Thanks Hairy! Photo # 4 shows courtship behaviour.
 

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Don't want to get too close. Very aggressive birds with chicks, been chased a few times as a kid.
 

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Beautiful photos JKM and auscraft.

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Swans are monogamous breeders in which both sexes share duties of incubation duties and rearing the cygnets. Breeding starts from February to September. Nests are reused and rebuilt. Incubation period is 35-40 days.

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When feeding in deeper water the bird up-ends to reach lower.
Their diet mainly consists of aquatic and marshland plants.


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Tucking in out of the wind
 
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