Photo: Loro Parque.
Loro Parque says that it’s delighted to announce that it has a new inhabitant, a black cygnet, hatched from its family of black swans. The park says that the eggs of these majestic birds have been under the constant watch of park keepers, and now, the new chick has brought joy both to the swan family and the team that watches after the birds. The new chick is perfectly healthy and enjoys everybody’s attention and affection. The visitors of the park can see him already swimming with his family in the beautiful Lake Thai, which is home to many different species of birds and vegetation, especially the group of brightly coloured Koi carps, which come in direct contact with the black swans.
The black swan or Cygnus atratus is a species which usually breeds during the rainy season, and this time was no different. These birds usually build a nest which can measure up to two metres in diameter and one metre in height using aquatic vegetation. Both parents are in charge of giving care to their offspring, and this period normally lasts 9 months from the moment the chick hatches. They lay between 4 and 8 eggs, and the incubation lasts between 35 and 40 days. This is exactly the process in progress, and one of the first results is the birth of the new chick.
As for the appearance of these noble birds, their black feathers contrast significantly with the bright red colour of their peaks. They are exclusively herbivores, do not migrate and, like other swans, are characterised by their monogamy, as they maintain a life-long relationship with their couples.
Considering that breeding is one of the natural animal behaviours that take place when all the animals’ needs and necessities are properly fulfilled, this new birth confirms the excellent wellbeing of these birds in Loro Parque. It is yet another indication of the dedication and efforts of the team of experts that guarantee the best care for the animals of Loro Parque, recognized as the Best Zoo in the World by TripAdvisor. And yet another reason, of course, to visit this wonderful venue with its globally-recognized environmental programmes for the protection and survival in the wild of all sorts of birds, not just the parrots which give the park its name.