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Tundra Swan Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    Tundra Swans are very large waterfowl with heavy bodies and long necks. The bill slopes gently away from the head.

    Relative Size

    Larger than a Snow Goose; smaller than a Mute Swan or Trumpeter Swan.

    Relative Sizegoose or largergoose-sized or larger

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 47.2-57.9 in (120-147 cm)
      • Weight: 134.0-370.4 oz (3800-10500 g)
      • Wingspan: 66.1 in (168 cm)

Regional Differences

The Eurasian subspecies of the Tundra Swan is known as Bewick’s Swan. It is slightly smaller than the North American Tundra Swan and has more yellow on the bill. Individuals are occasionally found in western North America, usually in flocks of Tundra Swans.