SWAN IDENTIFICATION
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   There are six different species of Swan found at WWT Slimbridge: -
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Bewick's Swan (Slimbridge //1) Black Swan (Slimbridge 07/08/09) Black Necked Swan (Slimbridge 07/08/09)
Bewick's Swan
Black Swan
Black Necked Swan
Coscoroba Swan (Slimbridge 26/07/13) Mute Swan (Slimbridge 04/06/10) Trumpeter Swan (Slimbridge 22/08/10)
Coscoroba Swan
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
   To aid identification we shall compare various significant parts of the Swan: -
   The Bill and Eyes
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Bewick's Swan Black Swan Black Necked Swan Coscoroba Swan Mute Swan Trumpeter Swan
Bewick's Swan
Black Swan
Black Necked Swan
Coscoroba Swan
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
   The Legs
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Bewick's Swan Legs Black Swan Legs Black Necked Swan Legs Coscoroba Swan Legs Mute Swan Legs Trumpeter Swan Legs
Bewick's Swan
Black Swan
Black Necked Swan
Coscoroba Swan
Mute Swan
Trumpeter Swan
   Identification Overview
   Bewick's Swan.
   A Black bill with Yellow at the proximal area, Black legs and feet with White plumage.
   Black Swan.
   A Red bill with a pale bar and tip, Grey/Black legs and feet and Black plumage.
   Black Necked Swan.
   A Grey bill with a Red caruncle at the base and a thin White line surrounding the eye, Pink legs and feet
   and White plumage with a Black neck and head.
   Coscoroba Swan.
   A Red bill, Pinkish legs and feet, White plumage with Black tips on its outer primary feathers.
   Mute Swan.
   An Orange bill bordered with Black, a Black tip and knob, Grey/Black legs and feet and White plumage.
   Trumpeter Swan.
   A large wedge shaped Black bill, Dark Grey legs and feet and White plumage.
   Now that we have identified the Swans, where can we find them at WWT Slimbridge?
   They can be found in the following zones: -
   Bewick's Swan. - Found in the Asia Zone.
   Black Swan. - Found in the Australia Zone.
   Black Necked Swan. - Found in the Pampas Pen.
   Coscoroba Swan. - Found in the Pampas Pen.
   Mute Swan. - Found in the Swan Lake.
   Trumpeter Swan. - Found in the North America Zone.
   Did You Know?
     The male Swan is called a Cob, the female a Pen and the young a Cygnet.
     The Swan is the largest waterfowl and the largest of all flying birds.
     All Swans native to Britain have White plumage whereas Swans from the Southern hemisphere have
      Black or part Black plumage.
     A captive Swan may live up to 30 years or more.
     Swans do not mate for life but do stay together a season or more.
     Swans are stronger fliers and can reach speeds of up to 60mph.