Bewick's Swan

(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.

Size: - Typical Adult is 115-140cm (45-55in).

Food: - Mainly aquatic plants, leaves, roots stems, but will also graze on grasses, and grain. They will also eat animal matter such as insect larvae.

Habitat/Range: - Lakes, marshes, estuaries in the tundra region of north Russia and Siberia. Winters in China, Japan, UK, and northern Europe.

Bewick's Swan Map
Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - Early May further south, late May to June further north.

Eggs: - 3 to 5 (creamy white colour).

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.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Anserinae, Genus: Cygnus.

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