Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets: Adults $11, Child (3-12 yrs) $6
Near fresh or brackish water, especially swamps and lakes.
Diet in the Wild:
Water plant and small water animals
Diet at the Zoo:
Like its name, these swans are black instead of the familiar white. They can weigh up to 20 lbs. Black Swans are large, graceful birds. Both sexes are black with bright red bills that have a white band near the tip, gray feet and legs and white primaries that are seen only in flight. Immature swans are quite different in appearance, being dull brown overall with a dark bill.
Black swans have fine grooves along their bills that help grip their diet of underwater plants. Together with specially adapted bills, black swans also have very long necks that reach deeper into the water than other waterfowl, so they can feed on vegetation in deeper water than most ducks. Interestingly, swans have over 20 vertebrae in their necks (the exact number depends on the species.) This large number of vertebrae provides great flexibility in their necks.
Black swans begin nesting in June and July in
Black swans are common in