This large water bird reaches lengths of 110cm to 142cm with a wingspan of up to 2m.
Habitat and Distribution
The main breeding grounds for this bird are wetland areas of southeastern and southwestern areas of Australia.
These birds have been known to grow up to 40 years old.
This birds diet is made up of algae and weeds which it finds in the ponds it inhabits.
Groups and Breeding
Females usually lay 4 to 8 eggs which are incubated by the female and male for 35 to 40 days. These birds pair up for life as with most other swan breeds.
Due to its fairly common numbers in its natural population it is listed as least concern by conservation societies. However it is still protected under the Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act.
Male swans are called cobs, females are known as pens and baby swans are called cygnets.