By DickDaniels ( (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (

Black Swan Cygnus atratus


Category E*

Native Range

Australia. Resident over much of Australia including Tasmania but not the tropical northern region nor the central-western arid zone.

British Occurence

Introduced to England in 1791 and began breeding in the wild in 1902. Well established in the wild and a regular breeder with around 5-20 pairs annually. WEBS counts in 2010-11 recorded a maximum of 46. This reflects an ongoing decline in their numbers; The corresponding figure for 1999 was 156 and for 2003 it was 104.

Where to see Black Swan in captivity

Discover more about this bird with