Black Swan - Cygnus atratus
Wetlands: freshwater lakes, ponds, slow flowing rivers and sea shore lagoons
The Black Swan is common in the wetlands of south western and eastern Australia and adjacent coastal islands.
Black Swans are mostly black feathered birds, with a line of white flight feathers of the wing edges that sometimes show when at rest, and are conspicuous in flight. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black.
Mature Black Swan measures between 43-56 inches in length and weighs 8.1-20 lbs. Its wing span is between 5.3-6.5 ft.
Black Swans can be found singly, or in loose companies numbering into the hundreds or even thousands.
Up to 40 years
The black swan eats mostly water plants and some grain. It reaches under the water with its long neck to get these plants, and it even eats the roots.
Generally, black swans nest in the wetter winter months (February to September), occasionally in large colonies. A typical clutch contains 4 to 8 greenish-white eggs that are incubated for about 35-40 days
The Black Swan is protected under the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. It is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- Can whistle
- Babies ride on the parents backs until time to fledge
- Adults female is called a pen and an adult male is called a cob
- A baby is called a cygnet
- Swans molt once a year during which time they are flightless.
- They mate for life and nest in colonies with both birds building the nest.
- They are the only entirely black colored swan in the world.
- Adult (13 and over)$9.50
- Child (2 - 12)$6.50
- Child (1 and Under)FREE
- Senior (65+)$8.50
- Active Military$8.50
We begin transferring animals to evening (off exhibit) holding at 4:30 each night.
Open Daily 10:00-5:00
Last admission at 4:30