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Tundra (Whistling) Swan
Cygnus columianus

Geese and Swans
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 90 cm Wingspan: 200 cm

Description: Look for this distinctive swan on many of our small lakes, particularly along the east and west margin of the Rockies. The tundra is the only swan regularly passing through the Rockies, and is distinctive by its large size, it very long neck and its snow-white colour. It has a black beak with a yellow or orange spot near its base. This spot distinguishes it from all other swans. Unfortunately, not all tundra swans exhibit this spot.

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Range: Nesting in the far north, the tundra swan passes through on its regular migrations north and south.

Habitat: 

Diet: They use their long necks to reach towards the bottom of shallow ponds for the plants that make up their diet. They may also graze in fields as geese do.

Nesting: 

During migrations, they have been clocked in excess of 90 km/hr.

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All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

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