"Black-Necked Swan"
(Cygnus melanocorphus)







Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins
Photograph by
Ray Desjardins








Black-Necked Swans are a typical white swan but with a black head and neck and large red knob at the base of the bill...perhaps the most attractive of all swans. Thier wings produce a whistling sound in flight. Cygnets are carried on the back of adults until quite large. The male is aggressive, chasing other waterfowl or any intruder from vicinity of nest. Take-off and landing executed with more difficulty than other swans...possibly because of relatively short legs. Feeds mainly in shallow water by dabbling and submerging head.





Size: length: 102-124 cm.

Male: Male larger and longer-necked than female. Head and neck velvet-black, except for lower portion, with a narrow white line extending from forehead to a little behind the eye. Remainder of plumage completely white.

Female: Similar to male, but smaller.

Habitat: Freshwater marshes and shallow lakes, coastal lagoons.

Voice: a weak, wheezy whistle





More "Australian Black Swan" Information:
"Black-Necked Swan Nests, Eggs & Babies"






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