Black Swan

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Black Swan

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Character Data
Japanese Name: コクチョウ
Romanised Name: Kokuchō
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Cygnus atratus
Distribution: Unknown
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10-15 years
Read More: Black swan
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Black Swan Nexon Game

The Black Swan is a type of Bird Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Black Swan's outfit is entirely black. She wears a sleeveless black top with a notched collar and inside the latter a shirt with sleeves and ruffled cuffs. She has a blue gradient scarf, tied into a bow. She wears a skirt with two tiers of ruffles hemline. She has a pair of high black tights, and black ballets with ribbons tied into a bow around the ankles. She shares the same characteristics as the black Swan. Similar to the Black swan's beak colors, her short black hair has a fringe tinted in red and white. Her eyes are fully red. She bears the white wings and black feathered tail of the Black swan.

Black Swan's new design keeps the black theme for the outfit. She wears a boat neck shirt with ruffled cuffs, camisole on top with two little ribbons on the strings and laces in the middle and a scarf tied into a bow, with the two extremes being of a particular shape that resembles feathers. She wears a long circular double layer skirt that has a pattern resembling white-tipped feathers, black tights and a pair of silver lace up ballerina flats with a ribbon. Her hair remains mostly the same, with the shape and color of her middlemost bang being different. Her wings at the top of her head are now mostly black with very distinctive white feathers at the top, and her animal tail is now visible behind her.

In Real Life

Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)

The black swan (Cygnus atratus) is a large waterbird, a species of swan. Their feathers are mainly black in colour but they have a line of white flight feathers on the edges of their wings. These feathers are sometimes on show when they are at rest but they are conspicuous in flight. Their bill is bright red with a pale bar and tip, and their legs and feet are grey/black in colour. Their neck is long and "S" shaped and while swimming they either hold their neck arched or straight and they often carry their wings raised in an aggressive display. [2]

Black swans live in lakes, rivers and swampland, which can be fresh, salt or brackish water. They prefer habitats with aquatic vegetation. While their natural habitat is aquatic they are sometimes found in terrestrial areas such as dry pastures or flooded fields when food is scarce. They are nomadic birds with no set migratory pattern, they have opportunistic responses to either rainfall or drought. [3]

They prefer habitats with aquatic vegetation. Diet is mainly leaves of submerged aquatic plants such as Ruppia, Egeria and Zostera but they will also graze on pasture grass and clovers, much to the ire of farmers. [1]

Black swans tend to move in flocks, they are the least territorial of all swans and sometimes nest in colonies. They are nomadic when food is scarce but are otherwise sedentary. They feed at dusk and travel at night, calling as they fly, but most activity is during the day. Nesting habits depend upon the locality and food supply but may nest colonially. The black swan is very aggressive when defending its territory and nest from intruders, including other swans. [1] [3]

The first European to see a black swan is believed to be the Dutch sailor Antonie Caen who described the species during his visit to the Shark Bay area in 1636. Later, the Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh captured several birds on the Swan River, Western Australia in 1697, but many people in Europe did not believe him, as at that time it was believed that all swans were white. Three of the captured birds were taken to Batavia, where they lived for some time. However, the species wasn’t reported again until the arrival of the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788. The black swan was first described scientifically by Dr. John Latham in 1790. [1]

Trivia

The current state flag of Western Australia
  • Black Swans are the official birds of western Australia and they are featured on the flag and in the coat of arms.

References

1. Narena Olliver (2010-10-28). "Black Swan (New Zealand birds)". Nzbirds.com.

2. "Black Swan". The Animal Files.

3. Cheryl Jackson. "Cygnus atratus". Animal Diversity Web, University of Michigan.

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