Bewick's Swan (Slimbridge April 2015)
The Bewick’s Swan, also known as the Tundra Swan, was named by William Yarrell after Thomas Bewick who was an engraver of birds and animals.
The Bewick’s Swan is similar to the Whooper Swan except it is smaller, has a shorter neck with a more rounded head and always has more Black than Yellow on its bill. The Whooper Swan has more Yellow than Black on its bill.
| Hear the Bewick's Swan Call:-
1150mm to 1400mm (45" to 55")
Appearance - Male
The male has White plumage, a Black bill with Yellow at the proximal area. The legs and feet are Black.
Appearance - Female
The female is the same as the male but slightly smaller.
Marshes, Lakes and Estuaries of North Russia and Siberia.
Aquatic vegetation, Leaves, Roots Stems, Grasses and Insect larvae.
Early May to June
Built as a large mound shaped nest from plant material off the ground near water.
Quantity: 3 to 5
Colour: Creamy White.