Black-necked Swan

Cygnus melanocoryphus

Clear shot of a Black-necked Swan
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

These beautiful birds are native to southern South America. The sexes are similar in plumage.

They flock most of the year but are quite territorial when breeding. The males will chase other waterfowl, and almost anything else, from the vicinity of the nest. Unlike other swans, the nest is a small and poorly constructed one. Incubation lasts 36 days until the clutch of 4-5 hatches. The cygnets spend much of their time on the parents' back when not feeding.


Black-necked Swan Links:

See the Blackneck Swans at Winter's Guinea Farm.

Helmut Roth's page on Black-necked Swans

Jan's Ornamental Waterfowl

Black-necked Swans at Griffin's Waterfowl


The black neck
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

A pair of Black-necked Swans
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

Another pair of Black-necks

Excited!
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

A lone Black-necked Swan

Still another pair of Black-necked Swans swimming -- Aha! Eight swans a-swimming!
Photo courtesy of Colt Handorf

Here come some more!

Another side shot of a Black-necked Swan
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

A Black-necked Swan on land
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen


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