Cygnus atratus (Latham, 1790)

Common Name: 
Black Swan

Eastern and western mainland Australia and Tasmania.

Ecological Notes: 

Occupies deep permanent water, open lakes, wetlands, and coastal estuaries and bays. Black Swans feed on aquatic plants in shallow water, or on open pastures close to water.

Additional Notes: 

Vegetation is obtained by plunging its long neck into water up to 1 m deep. Swans are clumsy walkers on land.


Atlas of Living Australia at Cygnus atratus Accessed 29 July 2020.
Birdlife Australia at Accessed 27 July 2020.