- Cygnus atratus
110-142cm (43¼-56 in)
- Mainly black plumage
- White flight feathers of the wing edges
- Bright red bill with a pale bar and tip
- Greyish black legs and feet
Juvenile - Greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers.
Subadult - Similar to adult but with black tips to the white flight feathers.
Any wet area, fresh water and salt water. Swamps and rivers.
They have a vegetarian diet, consisting of the leaves and shoots of a variety of aquatic plants.
Both sexes build the large nest which is a 1meter high mound of reeds, grasses and weeds which may be up to 1.5 metres diameter, in shallow water or on islands. The clutch of 4-8 greenish-white eggs are incubated for about 35-40 days. The young fledge about 6 months later.
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