Black Very Thin Neck red beak extending to eyes
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I have seen them in the park (The Lawn) at Dawlish, but they are not native, are they?
They are increasingly common and live in the same habit/requirments of the Mute Swan indeed this was found tailing a pair of mutes . It is a Native bird of Austraila
appear all black when swimming but they have white primary wing feathers, which can be seen in flight. The bill is red extending to the face with a broad white band on the tip.
they are basically an ornamental escapee which was introduced and is becoming more common but unlkely to sppread due to the competition with mutes
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Can they mate?
Good question they are separate species closely related However competition would be great I guess the prize on i-spot is for a confirmed image of a known mating. Not impossible I would have thought given their shared habitats I have'nt seen one myself so could not honestly say
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