Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Black Swan, Captive Bird, August 2000 - click for larger image WWT Barnes, London, England
August 2000
Captive Bird

The Black Swan is a native of Australia and Tasmania and is also found wild in New Zealand to where it was introduced.

It is the world's only black swan although its flight feathers, normally almost fully hidden at rest, are white.

Black Swan, Captive Bird, August 2000 - click for larger image The Black Swan is closely related to the Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) and the Black-necked Swan (Cygnus melanocorypha)

There are illustrations in HBW, Volume 1, Pages 552 and 574

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