Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Black Swan, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, January 2006 - click for larger image Australia
January - April 2006

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.

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

Black Swan, Wilson's Promontory, Victoria, Australia, April 2006 - click for larger image
Black Swan, The Coorong, South Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
Black Swan, Gordon River, Tasmania, Australia, February 2006 - click for larger image
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