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Dec 13, 2016

Learning about Black Swans

Photo: Hayden's Animal Facts
Cygnus atratus
Today I learned a few things about this beautiful black bird I never knew before.   For starters, Black Swans are native to Australia.   They were introduced to Britain in 1791 as splendid additions to captive wildfowl collections, but inevitable escapes and deliberate releases meant that they are now nearly a self-sustaining population in the wild.   They are found now in captivity all over the world.   I have seen captive ones up close here in Canada, but I have never heard of wild ones in this country.   Never having seen one in flight, or flapping its wings, I did not know that the Black Swan's flight feathers are white!
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