Black swan

Cygnus atratus

Black Swans are often seen on our local water ways and lagoons. They are vegetarian, feeding primarily on water weeds and algae.

They grow into large birds, with wing span of 2 meters and weighing 9 kilos.

They live for up to 40 years and mate for life, with both adults raising the young. They build a nest of reeds and grasses on small islands or floating on the water, and lay five or six eggs.

The cygnets are covered in grey down, and don’t fledge until six months old and they stay in the family group for nine months.

Australia has the worlds’ only black swans, white swans have been introduced here from Europe and England.