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Black swans are the only member of the swan family to sport a ruffle of curled feathers on their wings.  These curled feathers occur in both males and females, and are prominently displayed during social interactions.  We found that these feathers play a role in both sexual and social contexts – swans endowed with more of these feathers are more likely to find a mate, and they also tend to win fights.  Males and females of similar display ‘status’ tend to pair up, creating a society with a hierarchy of ‘mutual admiration’. For more details, please consult the article below:

KRAAIJEVELD, K., GREGURKE, J., HALL, C., KOMDEUR, J. & MULDER, R.A. (2004). Mutual ornamentation, sexual selection, and social dominance in the black swan. Behavioral Ecology 15:380-389.

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An adult male swan is called a cob (from Middle English cobbe (leader of a group). An adult female swan is called a pen, and baby swans are called cygnets (from the Latin word cygnus ("swan") and the Old French suffix -et ("little").
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An adult male swan is called a cob (from Middle English cobbe (leader of a group). An adult female swan is called a pen, and baby swans are called cygnets (from the Latin word cygnus ("swan") and the Old French suffix -et ("little").

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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.

A colony of Black Swans in Dawlish, Devon has become so well associated with the town that the bird has been the town's emblem for
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Black swans occur over large parts of Australia, with estimates of their range varying from 1 to 10 million square kilometers.