Black Swan
Cygnus atratus

The Birds of Australia
Vol.7 - Plate No. 6
Length: 130 cm
The Black Swan is a species of swan found in Australia. Because of their beauty they are often kept in garden lakes in Europe and America, and an increasing number in New Zealand. They are almost entirely black except for their primaries (feathers for flying) which are white, but these are hidden when they are not flying. In breeding season, they collect waterside plants and create a mound of about 30 centimeters high, 2 meters in diameter, lay about five eggs, with both parents incubate them for 43 days.