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Black swan spotted in Iceland

A black swan was spotted in Vopnafjördur in east Iceland last weekend swimming with a local white swan. Black swans originate from Australia and are very rare in Iceland.

“I have never seen a bird like that before,” hobby photographer Björn Björgólfsson, who caught a picture of the two swans, told Fréttabladid.

Bird expert Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson said the black swan probably came from an English garden. “Rich people in that country really enjoy importing rare birds. It is not good for the fauna.”

According to Hilmarsson, a flock of black swans now exists in Britain due to such imports and once in awhile a black swan travels to Iceland.

Hilmarsson said he did not know of any examples where black and white swans had mated.

There are six registered swan species in the world.

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