Swans usually mate for life, though ‘divorce’ does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.
The number of eggs in a swan clutch ranges from three to eight.
Both male and female swans incubate the eggs. The male takes the day shift, while the female incubates the clutch at night.
The Black Swan is protected under the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act, 1974. It is evaluated as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Black Swans were first seen by Europeans in 1697, when Willem de Vlamingh’s expedition explored the Swan River, Western Australia. At that time, Europeans refused to believe in their existence and were only convinced once de Vlamingh managed to dispatch View Full →