The Black Swan:
Scientific Name: Cygnus atratus
One of just three swan species found in the southern hemisphere, the black swan is a large water bird. Its scientific name means ‘a swan attired in black’, and refers to the species’ almost entirely black plumage. The sooty-black feathers are fringed with grey, especially on the upperparts, and the raised, ‘crinkly’ wing feathers give this bird’s wing a somewhat ruffled appearance.
The black swan is a strong flier, and when travelling together individuals can be seen forming a line or a ‘V’ shape, their wings making whistling noises as they beat slowly. In flight and on the water, the black swan is known to make a variety of high-pitched, musical baying, bugling or trumpeting calls