(Cygnus Columbianus Bewickii)
Appearance - The Bewick's Swan has a white plumage with a black beak which has a truncated yellow area at its base. Legs and feet are black. The female (Pen) is similar to the male (Cob). The Bewick's Swan resembles the Whooper Swan although the yellow extends further down the beak on the Whooper Swan. The Bewick's Swan is the smallest of the northern swans.
Notes - The Bewick's Swan and the Whistling Swan are known as Tundra Swans. This swan was named after the engraver 'Thomas Bewick' who specialised in illustrations of birds and animals.
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