Forms isolated pairs for life. Both adults raise one brood per season. Breeds anytime of the year with ample rainfall. Breeding season is usually early-mid winter in southern Australia. Forms untidy nests of reeds and grasses on small islands or floating in deep water. Clutch size is usually 5 or 6 eggs but can lay up to 10 eggs. Incubation time is 35-45 days.
Distinct narrow, white band towards the end of the bill. Curled feather tips gives this species its characteristic ruffles.
Found throughout Australia except Cape York Peninsula. More common in southern parts of Australia. Introduced to New Zealand and New Guinea where they are now vagrant.
Source: Atlas of Living Australia
The world's only largely black swan.
Herbivore including algae and weeds.
Diverse range of habitats including lakes, estuaries, rivers and temporary wetlands of arid inland areas.
Native to Australia