Black Swan

To: Mark Kliene <>, "" <>
Subject: Black Swan
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2001 19:44:09 +1000
Mark Kliene wrote:
> Hi all,
> Could someone give me the colloquial term for both male and female
> Black
> Swan?
> Cheers,
> Mark Kliene.
I've never heard Black Swans given any particular terms for male and
female - very occasionally cock and hen, usually just male and female.
If you want to be a bit literary, the male swan is a 'cob' and the
female a 'pen' in English tradition.  Some Elizabethan poet refers to
the god Jupiter, alias Zeus, as 'Leda's cob-swan' - which he was.
Anthea Fleming in Ivanhoe (Vic) - listening to the rain on the roof.
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