PORT PHILLIP BAY


Black Swan 

Cygnus atratus

View scientific description and taxonomy

Scientific Details

See below for information.

Taxonomy

Phylum:
Chordata
Subphylum:
Vertebrata
Class:
Aves
Order:
Anseriformes
Family:
Anatidae
Genus:
Cygnus
Species:
atratus

General Description

Body black with white outer wing feathers (hidden when the wing is folded). Neck long and bill red with a white tip. Body up to 1.3 m long.

Biology

Black Swans feed on aquatic plants in shallow water, or in open pastures close to water. Males are aggressive and defend their territory in the breeding season.

Habitat

Deep permanent water, open lakes, wetlands, and coastal bays.

Coastal shores

Distribution guide

Eastern and western Australia.

Species Group

Birds Ducks, geese and swans

Max Size

1.3 m

Diet

Herbivore

Commercial Species

Yes

Global Dispersal

Native to Australia

Conservation Status

  • DSE Advisory List : Not listed
  • EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
  • IUCN Red List : Least Concern

Author

article author Longmore, N. W.

Wayne Longmore is a Senior Collection manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

Author

article author O'Brien, R.

Rory O'Brien is a Collection Manager of terrestrial vertebrates at Museum Victoria.

citation

Cite this page as:
Longmore, N. W. & O'Brien, R., 2011, Black Swan, Cygnus atratus, in Taxonomic Toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay, Museum Victoria, accessed 16 Dec 2017, http://portphillipmarinelife.net.au:8098/species/7976

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