Black swans Cygnus Atratus
Smaller than mute swans and native to Australasia. They have a red caruncle and red beak. The feathers are black and almost appear curly.
A white speculum is visible on the wings when in flight. More aggressive than mute swans, they do however often breed in colonies in their natural habitat.
Although introduced into private collections in the United Kingdom, they rarely breed successfully as they predominantly breed in our Autumn making it very difficult for cygnets to survive through our winter.
If brought into care for any reason we are not permitted to release them into the wild as they are a danger to the indigenous population. Birds if admitted can only be released to private lakes after having been pinioned. For this reason, we prefer not to accept them.