The black swan is native to Australia and New Zealand. It has a bright red bill and is almost entirely covered with black feathers, with a line of white flight feathers at the edges of its wings. Adults are 3.6 to 4.6 feet (1.1 to 1.4 meters) long. In proportion to its size, the black swan has the longest neck of all swan species. Its diet consists of aquatic plants in water and grass on land.
Molting (the annual shedding of feathers) occurs after breeding season. They shed their white flight feathers, and this disables them from flying for around a month. Both males and females partake in the breeding process, from building the nest to taking care of the young. Black swan eggs are a whitish-green color. Four to six eggs are laid and both parents take turns incubating them. Newborn chicks have a grayish plume; their new feathers grow when they are 3 to 4 weeks old. When swimming into deeper water the parents sometimes give the young a piggy-back ride.
Black Swans are featured in the following book:
25 Awesome Australian Animals!
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about Black Swans. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Australian Black Swans by AvalarTN
- Australian Black Swans by skyenimals
- Australian Black Swans Trumpeting by maxruth
- Black Swans at Sunset – South Australia (HD) by acifvadm