Black Swan

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 06 September 2011
Scientific Name
Cygnus atratus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. atratus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
43 to 56 inches
63 to 79 inches
131 to 320 ounces

International Names

Czech (Cesky) labuť černá
Danish (Dansk) Sortsvane
Dutch (Nederlands) Zwarte Zwaan
Finnish (Suomi) mustajoutsen
French (Français) Cygne noir
German (Deutsch) Schwarzschwan
Italian (Italiano) Cigno nero
Japanese (日本語) コクチョウ [kokuchou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Svartsvane
Polish (Polski) łabędź czarny
Russian (русский язык) Черный лебедь
Spanish (Español) Cisne Negro
Swedish (Svenska) Svart svan
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