Nearly identical in size and structure to Trumpeter Swan, this rare visitor from Eurasia exhibits an extensive area of yellow covering the base of the bill, and extending to a point beyond the nostrils. The large, straight bill and sloping forehead give this swan a long, straight profile. Plumage is white overall. Feet, legs, and bill tip are black. Juvenile birds are gray-brown overall. The bill is pinkish with a black tip, showing the same pattern as that of the adult. "Bewick's Swan," a race of Tundra Swan, also shows extensive yellow on the bill, but the yellow ends abruptly and short of the nostrils. Tundra Swan is smaller, with a shorter bill and steeper forehead.
Length: 140 (cm) Wingspan: 205 (cm)
Large wetlands and agricultural fields.
Remains paired throughout the winter. Family groups winter together, sometimes joined by offspring from previous years.
Feeds while swimming, using its long neck to reach plants growing near the bottom. Occasionally feeds in agricultural fields.
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