The Black Swan
****The black swan is the closest relative to the swan. The black swan looks just like the swan, only it's black instead of white. They live mostly in Australian ponds. There is only one white spot on the bird, the tip of the wings. This white can only be seen while the black swan is in flight. The length of a black swan is 142 cm. The females are smaller than the males. Young swans are more gray than black.
****Black Swans prefer salt water, ponds, or fresh water waterways than permanent wetlands. When breeding is not going on, black swans travel great distances. Black swans are vegetarians. They eat plants and weeds. Sometimes the black swan will walk on land, but they are clumsy walkers. In the north, this birds breeding session goes from February-March. However, birds in the south breed fom June-September. These birds mate for life with each parent raising one litter a year.