Waterfowl Commonly Seen in Practice

Black necked swan

Black-Necked Swan

Black-necked swans (Cygnus melancoryphus) are native to south coastal South America.

Black-necked swans are the smallest members of the genus Cygnus. Males are usually onethird larger than females ranging from 4.5-6.7 kg (9.9-14.8 lb) in weight. Females weigh 3.5-4.4 kg (7.7-9.7 lb). Black-necked swans have a white body and wings with a long, distinctive, black neck and head. The neck and head also sometimes have white speckles. The blue-gray bill has a red base with large, double-lobed, red growths or caruncles. Black-necked swans also have a white stripe behind the eyes that extends towards the back of the neck. The legs are pink and very short. Cygnets are a dull, light brown-gray with black bills and feet. Juvenile birds obtain adult plumage in their second year of life.

Black-necked swans feed mainly on aquatic vegetation, although they will also eat some invertebrates, like insects and rarely fish or tadpoles.

Image by Jim Linwood


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