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Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

The largest of North American waterfowl, the Trumpeter Swan is resident throughout much of its range, but migratory in other parts. Its was reduced to near extinction by the early 20th century, but it is relatively common today.

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Appearance

Ducklike
Ducklike
Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large, all-white waterfowl.
  • Long, straight neck.
  • Black bill and face.

Immature Description

Dirty white all over. Legs gray-pink, turning yellowish gray to dull black. Bill gray-black at base, pink towards tip; turns completely black.

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Similar Species

Similar Species

  • Tundra Swan usually shows variable yellow spot in front of eyes; spot may be absent. Bill profile curved slightly upward, not flat. Eye more distinct from black facial skin. Border of bill and forehead rounded or nearly flat from above.
  • Mute Swan with curved neck, orange bill.
  • Snow Goose smaller and with shorter neck, black wingtips, pink bill.
  • Domestic goose smaller, with shorter neck, and pink or orange bill and legs.
  • White Pelican has short neck, large yellow or orange bill, orange legs, and black flight feathers.