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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 a couple of specimens to Batavia.
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There are six to seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as a swan, the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered related to the true swans
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There are six to seven species of swan in the genus Cygnus; in addition there is another species known as a swan, the Coscoroba Swan, although this species is no longer considered related to the true swans

There are two collective nouns for a group of swans. A group on the ground is known as a 'bank', while a group in flight is called a 'wedge' of swans.
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There are two collective nouns for a group of swans. A group on the ground is known as a ‘bank’, while a group in flight is called a ‘wedge’ of swans.

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.

The longest movement recorded for one of our collared swans is from Albert Park to Ballarat - about 110 kilometers!
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The longest movement recorded for one of our collared swans is from Albert Park to Ballarat – about 110 kilometers!

Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although small numbers of aquatic animals may be eaten. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, tubers, stems and leaves of aquatic and submerged plants
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Swans feed in the water and on land. They are almost entirely herbivorous, although small numbers of aquatic animals may be eaten. In the water food is obtained by up-ending or dabbling, and their diet is composed of the roots, View Full →