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Black Swan courtship behaviour

(Cygnus atratus)
Aboriginal name(s): "baiamul"/"baayamal" [yuwaalayaay], "barayamal" [gamilaraay], "burunda" [gamilaraay]; "ginibi", "ginygar", "muru-dalang"/"muru-gudjihny"/"muru-gudji" [bundjalung]; "kunuwara" [yartwatjali, tjapwurrung, djadjawurrung]; "kelangunya", "pugherittah" (TAS); "koltjak", "marli", "wilar", "wanar", "woorotho", "koon-war-ror" (WA);
"koolyn", "mooroocoochin", "burbugate", "conawarre", "coonawa", "dunedoo", "koogarra", "kooraloo", "koorawarri", "kootie", "kungari", "mullewa";

Size: 1.1-1.4 m; wing span 1.6-2 m
Weight: 3.7-9 kg

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In June 2021 C. Pears observed courtship behaviour of a pair of Black Swans at Lake Claremont, Perth, WA. All photos shown here are courtesy of C. Pears.

Male and female Black Swan starting their dance

Preening formed part of the display

Then the movements started to become synchronous

Male and female moving in phase

Male and female moving in phase

Male and female moving in phase

Male Black Swan pursuing female

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