Australian Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) and Mute Swans

Asked April 1, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

Are Australian Black Swans (Cygnus atratus) permitted to be purchased/kept/sold by New York State residents? Are there any limitations/regulations to the purchase/maintenance/sale of other Swan species such as: White Mute Swans (Cygnus olor); Bewick's Swans; Trumpeter Swans; or Whooper Swans (Cygnus cygnus)?

Onondaga County New York

1 Response

Unfortunately, we couldn't find any experts in eXtension who could answer your question. My recommendation would be to contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and see if the birds require any kind of permit. I pulled the contact information from their website:

NYSDEC
Fish, Wildlife & Marine Resources
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752
(518) 402-8985
fwslu@gw.dec.state.ny.us
http://www.dec.ny.gov/permits/359.html

I hope they can point you in the right direction!
Best,