Whooper Swan

Other Names: elk (17th century texts)

Distribution: northern Europe and throughout Russia in summer; Europe, east Asia, and the Caspian Sea area in winter. A small nonmigratory population exists in western Iceland.

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     Summer      Resident      Winter

Description:

Size: average 140-165 cm in length with a wingspan of 205-275 cm. Males weigh 9.8-11.4 kg, and females weigh 8.2-9.2 kg.

Plumage: Adults are uniformly white with black legs and have a bill that is variable in pattern but usually yellow with a black tip and edge. Immature plumage is light to medium gray.

Eyes are black with white eyelids.

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Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

Bill Shape
spatulate
Regions
alaska
aleutians
california
maine
oregon
quebec
washington
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
long-wings
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Grasslands
Color
white
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species