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Photo © by CurtMorgan
Jackson, Wyoming, USA
Cygnus buccinator


145–163 cm; females - 139–150 cm

  • White plumage
  • Long neck
  • Pink-edged black bill
  • Short black legs
  • Cygnets are grey, moulting into adult plumage after the first year.


Western North America

Photo © by sw2001
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada,
21 February 2021


Photo © by etow
Killdeer Plains Wildlife Area, Ohio, USA, November 2003



Juvenile (discolouration from having fed in an iron-rich pond)
Photo © by Hughv
Annapolis, Maryland, 22 April 2021

Wetlands, large shallow ponds and lakes, wide slow rivers and marshes.



The nest is a mound of vegetation on a small island. The 3-10 eggs are incubated by the female for around 35 days.


Their diet consists mainly of aquatic plants, which are usually reached by dabbling, also grass and grain in winter. Cygnet's diet is initially augmented by small crustaceans and insects.


Call: trumpet-like honk.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2019. The eBird/Clements Checklist of Birds of the World: v2019. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Birdforum Member observations

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