Friday, December 26, 2008
Australian Black Swan
Australian Black Swan, Cygnus atratus. There is also a South American Black Swan. The Northern Hemisphere Swans are largely white. This one is getting a free handout of bird/fish food at the Valley of the Temples in Kaneohe, Oahu.
According to Wildlife Warriors, "the Australian Black Swan was first discovered on the west coast of Australia, on what is now known as the Swan River, by the Dutch in the year 1697. They eventually took three live swans back home with them."
Black Swans nest in a heap of plants and weeds on or along the water. The baby swans, the Cygnets, are a fluffy, grey-brown. Male swans are generally larger. Also, females bills and irises are lighter in coloration than the males.