Australian Black Swan
Latin Name: Cygnus atratus
Habitat and Range: Wetlands throughout Australia (both fresh and salt) and were introduced into New Zealand in 1864.
Captive/wild Lifespan: Up to 40 years in captivity, wild unknown
Incubation: Black Swans are monogamous and have sometimes been known to never pair bond again if a mate passes away. In very rare instances they will get "divorced" but this is only seen if the pair is unsuccessful in producing young. Once the eggs are fertilized and laid it's around 42 days before they hatch.
Diet: Herbivore- Aquatic Vegitations
Adaptations: Long necks that allow them to reach food inaccessible to other waterfowl; and the ability to stay submerged for 10 seconds while searching for food. Also a rough tongue aids them in grabbing slippery plants. These graceful swimmers can weigh up to 20 pounds and their neck is longer then there bodies sometimes reaching length of 5 feet.
IUCN Status: Least Concern 2012
Conservation: There is currently no conservation plans in action due to numbers not being threatened.
Did you known: Male swans are called “cobs”, females are called “pens”, and chicks are called “cygnets.” The young are born white. Flocks of black swans are called “fleets.”
Here at the CMC Zoo: Our 4 Black Swans were all a private donation and came to us in 2010. We currently have 2 females, 1 male, and 1 with an unknown sex.