Scientific name: Cygnus atratus
Other common names: N/A
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.
The Black Swan is the classic large black waterbird with a red beak that can't be confused with any other species.
3.6 - 9 kilograms (8 - 20 lbs.)
30 - 40 years
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.
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.
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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Black Swans show their beauty
Black swans are not only a lovely site, but make a delightful ornamental bird for your garden pond. If you have the space, these birds are really lovely. they have nice temperaments (unlike the white swans). If the female is sitting, the male can be protective, but with a little work, they are great. Handling them at a very young age is the key if you want to bond with them. Having a pair (M/F) is the best option. If you have a large property and a med/large pond - they will do well, with little intervention. They need a proper diet, and regular checks - but not too much. They make great parents too - and the young ones are really cute fluffies..
From lotsapets Feb 19 2013 12:48PM
Swans mate for life, so the zoo I worked had a pair of black swans as well as white. The black swans seemed more exotic and therefore more excitig to watch, but both breeds, especially the white, were a bit more aggressive than you might think. If you got too close, they'd let you know with a whack of their powerful wings, or they'd chase you. The black swans kind of hid out a bit more.
As long as you have open water, preferably moving water, which we did via a small diverted creek and man-made system, you can feed them grain just thrown in or near the water's edge and/or dry pellet food you can get at a farm supply store. They were a popular breed to watch, though the black swans managed to hide more though they were the ones I and others preferred viewing. You'd want a farm or large-setting area for keeping such fowl, and a way and place for keeping them and access to running water available throughout the year if you live in a four-season state/location. Depending on when/how they were obtained would potentially determine how they act toward you, but they are essentially wild waterfowl, so watch out for their wings, even if they only have one good one..
From animals_care Nov 18 2014 8:08PM