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Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus

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Large swan breeding on tundra lakes in Iceland and Scandinavia; found locally in winter in Western Europe, mainly at marshy lakes and wetlands, often in wild areas. Fairly straight neck, short tail, and sloping bill distinct from Mute Swan; told from smaller Bewick’s (Whistling) Swan by larger and pointed yellow patch at base of bill, also lower-pitched and more bugling calls. Juvenile often dingier through first winter than juvenile Bewick’s; juveniles of both usually found with adults as family groups.

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