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Wetland game birds: black swan (6th of 7)

Wetland game birds: black swan

Introduced from Australia, black swans are not commonly targeted by hunters. They are partially protected, and are hunted in season according to regional limits – about 5,000 are shot in New Zealand each year. Their call is a haunting whistle.

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Neil Deans, 'Game birds - Game birds in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Neil Deans, published 24 Nov 2008, reviewed & revised 29 Apr 2015