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.
Swans usually mate for life, though ‘divorce’ does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.
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 →
Both male and female swans incubate the eggs. The male takes the day shift, while the female incubates the clutch at night.
The current global population of black swans is estimated to be up to 500,000 individuals.