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The Northern Hemisphere species of swan have pure white plumage but the Southern Hemisphere species are mixed black and white. The Australian Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is completely black except for the white flight feathers on its wings; the chicks of black swans are light grey in colour, and the South American Black-necked Swan has a black neck.
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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.
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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.

Swans usually mate for life, though 'divorce' does sometimes occur, particularly following nesting failure.
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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 a couple of specimens to Batavia.
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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.
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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.
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The current global population of black swans is estimated to be up to 500,000 individuals.