Photo: Arthur Morris/Vireo

Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus

A huge Eurasian swan, near the size of our Trumpeter Swan. Birds from Siberia winter in small numbers in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Migrants occasionally stray to other points in western Alaska, and very rarely has been found in winter farther south along Pacific seaboard to California. Singles and small flocks seen rarely in the northeast may be either escapes from captivity or strays from Iceland.
Family Ducks and Geese
A huge Eurasian swan, near the size of our Trumpeter Swan. Birds from Siberia winter in small numbers in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska. Migrants occasionally stray to other points in western Alaska, and very rarely has been found in winter farther south along Pacific seaboard to California. Singles and small flocks seen rarely in the northeast may be either escapes from captivity or strays from Iceland.
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Illustration © David Allen Sibley.
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Text © Kenn Kaufman, adapted from
Lives of North American Birds

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Songs and Calls
In flight, low-pitched whoop-whoop; a single bugled note when alarmed.
Audio © Lang Elliott, Bob McGuire, Kevin Colver, Martyn Stewart and others.
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