Trumpeter Swan (Slimbridge October 2012)
The Trumpeter Swan is a member of the Anatidae family and is a close relative of the Whooper Swan, though easily distinguished as the latter has Yellow on its bill and slightly smaller.
The Trumpeter Swan is the heaviest bird of North America and is the World’s largest waterfowl.
In the past the Trumpeter Swan was heavily hunted for food and for feathers causing a serious decline in their numbers. Over recent years, due to protection, their numbers have increased resulting in them being classed as Least Concern.
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1380mm to 1650mm (54" to 65")
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. The legs and feet are dark Grey.
Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male except slightly smaller.
Wetlands, Shallow Ponds, Lakes, Slow Rivers and Marshes.
Aquatic Plants, Grasses, Grains and occasionally Insects and Molluscs.
Late April to May.
The nest is built from vegetation in the shape of a bowl on a small island, or floating vegetation.
Quantity: 4 to 6