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Scientific name: Cygnus atratus

Other common names: N/A

The basics:
The Black Swan is native to wetland regions of Australia and New Zealand. They are popular captive birds kept around the world. As a result of released pets, feral populations can be found in North America and Europe. They are not as invasive of a species in their non-native habitats as the Mute Swan however.

Appearance:
The Black Swan is the classic large black waterbird with a red beak that can't be confused with any other species.

Average weight:
3.6 - 9 kilograms (8 - 20 lbs.)

Lifespan:
30 - 40 years

Health:
Common ailments of swan are easily prevented with good nutrition and a proper living environment. One such example is bumblefoot. Bumblefoot is when a bird gets sores on their feet that can become infected, even leading to a serious bone infection. The feet of water birds are sensitive and can easily get bumblefoot. To prevent this, swans need access to a variety of dry ground cover such as grass and pebbles and daily time in a large pond. If they spend time on an area where the flooring is made of a solid surface such as concrete or wood they will need rubber mat, logs, and other perches to stand on. Your avian veterinarian will also help you learn how to prevent and treat any illnesses common to swans.

Behavior / temperament:
Although the Black Swan will easily learn who feeds them and seek out their caregivers they are not usually known to be a sweet pet. When males are protecting their mate and young they are aggressive and their boundaries should be respected.

Housing:
To house a bird as large as the Black Swan you will need a large yard and large pond. The pond should have a depth of at least 3 feet. Natural shrubs and plants or a protected shelter area will be needed to protect them from the elements.

Diet:
In the wild the Black Swan eats aquatic vegetation, un-ripened seeds, and young plants daily. A healthy diet for your pet Black Swan would include a waterfowl maintenance pellet that is thrown into the water or served soaked in a bowl. They can also be fed natural water plants such as duck weed, alfalfa, and fresh greens. They should have access to fresh clean water at all times.

Written by Brett Hodges

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