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WHISTLING SWAN (Cygnus columbianus)

©Nigel Key Whistling Swan (Slimbridge March 2019)

The Whistling Swan is so called because of the high pitched sound made by their wings during flight, not their call.

The Whistling Swan and Bewick's Swan are known as Tundra Swans.

The Whistling Swan is similar to the larger Trumpeter Swan but can be distinguished by Yellow at the base of the beak.

   Hear the Whistling Swan's Call:-
Conservation Status


Size
1150mm to 1500mm (45" to 59")

Appearance - Male
The male has White plumage, a large wedge shaped Black bill, and Black extending from the base of the bill to the eye with variable amounts of Yellow round the base. The legs and feet are Black.

Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male but slightly smaller.

Habitat
Lakes, Marshes, Estuaries in the Arctic tundra region of coastal Alaska, and northern Canada.

Diet
Mainly Aquatic Plants, Leaves, Root Stems, but will also graze on Grasses, and Grain. They will also eat animal matter such as Aquatic Insects, Larvae, and freshwater Molluscs.

Breeding Time
Mid May.

Eggs
Quantity: 5 to 6
Colour: Creamy White.











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PHOTOGRAPHS

Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key
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Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key Whistling Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key
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Related Links:-


Bewick's Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Black Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Black-Necked Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Coscoroba Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Mute Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Trumpeter Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Swan Identification - www.slim-bridge.co.uk


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LOCATION

Whistling Swan
Breeding Habitat
Coastal Tundra regions.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winters down the Pacific coast to mid-California, and down Atlantic coast from Maryland to South Carolina, also in the Great Lakes.


WWT Slimbridge Location - Whistling Swan
North America Zone - WWT Slimbridge
© Nigel Key North America Zone (WWT Slimbridge September 2012)

The Whistling Swan can be found in the North America Zone, along with the following wildfowl:-
American Black Duck
American Wigeon
American Wood Duck
Barrow's Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Canada Goose
Canvasback
Hooded Merganser
Laysan Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ring-Necked Duck
Trumpeter Swan
North America Zone (WWT Slimbridge)


WWT Slimbridge Wildfowl (Listed Alphabetically)
A-B  | C-F  | G-L  | M-R  | S-Z
Wildfowl S to Z
Shelduck
Smew
Snow Goose
South African Shelduck
Southern Pochard
South Georgian Pintail
Spot-Billed Duck
Spotted Whistling Duck
Spur-Winged Goose
Swan Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Tufted Duck
Wandering Whistling Duck
West Indian Whistling Duck
Whistling Swan
White-Cheeked Pintail
White-Faced Whistling Duck
White-Fronted Goose
White-Backed Duck
White-Headed Duck
White-Winged Duck
Yellow-Billed Duck