Black Swan - Cygnus atratus


Black Swans are native to Australia and those seen in the UK have mostly escaped from captivity. They appear all black when swimming but they have white primary wing feathers, which can be seen in flight. The bill is red with a broad white band on the tip.

Identification difficulty

On almost any body of water.

When to see it

All year round.

Life History

There are occasional successful breeding attempts in the UK but they have not become fully established.

UK Status


VC55 Status

Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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