Species of Swans & Their Ranges

Black Swan Pair Cygnus atratus
Swan Information and Photos ... Photos of the Various Swan Species for Identification

Species are listed in alphabetical order - please click on links to go to the respective species pages, which provide detailed information and high-quality images.

Australian Black (Cygnus atratus)

Australia


Bewick's Swans: Cygnus (columbianus) bewickii

The Eurasian form which migrates from Arctic Russia to western Europe and eastern Asia (China, Japan) in winter. It is often considered a subspecies of C. columbianus, creating the species Tundra Swan


Black-necked Swans: Cygnus melancoryphus

South America


Black Swans: Cygnus atratus Coscoroba Swan, Coscoroba coscoroba

Australia and introduced in New Zealand


Coscoroba Swans: Coscoroba coscoroba

South America


Jankowski's Swan (aka Whistling Swan, Bewick's Swan, Alpheraky's Swan)

The Eurasian form which migrates from Arctic Russia to western Europe and eastern Asia (China, Japan) in winter. It is often considered a subspecies of C. columbianus, creating the species Tundra Swan


Mute Swans aka Common Swan, Wild Swan, Tame Swan (Cygnus olor) : Cygnus olor

A common temperate Eurasian species, often semi-domesticated; descendants of domestic flocks are naturalized in the United States and elsewhere.


New Zealand Swans: Cygnus (atratus) sumnerensis, an extinct subspecies of the Black Swan Black-necked Swan

Formerly found in New Zealand and the Chatham Islands.


Trumpeter Swans: Cygnus buccinator

A North American species very similar to the Whooper Swan (and sometimes treated as a subspecies of it), which was hunted almost to extinction but has since recovered.


Tundra Swans / Whistling Swans


Whistling Swans / Tundra Swans

The Eurasian form which migrates from Arctic Russia to western Europe and eastern Asia (China, Japan) in winter. It is often considered a subspecies of C. columbianus, creating the species Tundra Swan


Whooper Swans: Cygnus cygnus

Breeds in Iceland and subarctic Europe and Asia, migrating to temperate Europe and Asia in winter.

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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