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 black swan

Scientific name: Cygnus atratus

Habitat: lakes and rivers

Diet: aquatic vegetation, roots

Life span: 10 years

Young: 5-6 eggs/clutch

Size: up to 9 kg (20 lbs)

Of the 7 species of swans in the world, only 2 are black. Even black swans still have white flight feathers that are completely hidden unless the bird is flying. Black swans are hatched with grey down, and get their beautiful black feathers when they are 2 years old.

Swans have over 20 vertebrae making their necks very flexible. In comparison, giraffes have 7 vertebrae.

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Black swan on Animal Diversity Web


Range: Australia

Status in the Wild

Status: thriving

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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