Story: Wetland birds

Black swan on nest

Black swan on nest

Black swans make a nest by piling up long vegetation, usually within 100 metres of water. Some nest in isolation while others form colonies – in either case they defend their nest fiercely. Adults take turns to incubate the eggs, and lead the newly hatched cygnets to water to feed.

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Christina Troup, 'Wetland birds - Black swans', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 June 2023)

Story by Christina Troup, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015