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Black Swan Cygnus atratus

Described by: Latham (1790)
Alternate common name(s): None known by website authors
Old scientific name(s): Chenopis atratus


Lake Moeraki, Westland, South Island, New Zealand - Apr 22, 2001 © William Hull  Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - 2001 © Hans&Judy Beste  Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - 2000 © Hans&Judy Beste  Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia - 2000 © Hans&Judy Beste  Australia - Aug, 2000 © Giuliano Gerra and Silvio Sommazzi 
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W. and e. Australia; New Zealand;
Two populations;
Australia in w. and sw. Western Australia, e. Queensland, s. and e. New South Wales (Lakes Cowal, Brewster, George), Victoria, se. South Australia (the Coorong) and Tasmania (Moulting Lagoon). Disperses to the Northern Territory, w. Queensland, w. New South Wales, e. and s. South Australia.
Introduced to New Zealand in 1864 and 1868 (Waikato Lakes on North Island and on South Island the Otago lakes and Ellesmere Lake off the s. Banks Peninsula). Expanded it range to Chatham Is. before 1922 where it gathers on the c. lagoon of the main is.


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Location unknown - Date unknown Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation


Clements, James F. Birds of the World: A Checklist. Vista, CA: Ibis Publishing Company, 2000.


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