A black swan

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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The Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird.Black Swans are primarily black-feathered birds, with white flight feathers. The bill is bright red, with a pale bar and tip; and legs and feet are greyish-black. Cobs (males) are slightly larger than pens (females), with a longer and straighter bill. Cygnets (immature birds) are a greyish-brown with pale-edged feathers. Info
I saw this lovely bird at Safari Nursery in Pretoria, South Africa. I so enjoyed watching him cleaning his feathers and swimming along with several Koi fish in the water. They are vegetarians; they eat plants and weeds either in the water using their long necks to reach under the water or occasionally they will graze on the land.They use calls and visual signals to communicate, they make a musical call like a trumpet sound as well as a range of softer crooning notes, they will also whistle, especially when disturbed while breeding and nesting.
Photography: Feathered friends
Canon PowerShot SX40HS
FEATURED in Animals of Africa, best of the best
29 February 2016.

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