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About the Black Swan

The Black Swan, Cygnus atratus, is a large species of waterfowl found in southern parts of Australia. Besides the black body plumage, the birds have bright red bills and white flight feathers.

Black Swans mate for life. Nesting occurs from February to September and both adults care for both the eggs and later the chicks.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 06 September 2011
Scientific Name Cygnus atratus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. atratus
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
43 to 56 inches
63 to 79 inches
131 to 320 ounces
Range Australia and New Zealand

International Names

  • labuť černĂ¡ (Czech)
  • Sortsvane (Danish)
  • Zwarte Zwaan (Dutch)
  • mustajoutsen (Finnish)
  • Cygne noir (French)
  • Schwarzschwan (German)
  • Cigno nero (Italian)
  • コクチョウ [kokuchou] (Japanese)
  • Svartsvane (Norwegian)
  • łabędź czarny (Polish)
  • Черный лебедь (Russian)
  • Cisne Negro (Spanish)
  • Svart svan (Swedish)

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