Black Swan

Black SwanPhoto by Joel Sartore

Scientific Name: Cygnus atratus

The black swan is the state emblem of Western Australia and appears on the state flag.

  • Size: Weight: 8 to 19 pounds; Length: 43 to 55 inches; Wingspan: 63 to 79 inches
  • Diet: Leaves, algae and insects
  • Habitat: Freshwater and marine habitats
  • Range in the Wild: Native to Australia; have been introduced to New Zealand, Europe and North America

Conservation Status

Listed as Least Concern. Black swans have a large range and a stable population size.

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