French: Cygne chanteur German: Singschwan Spanish: Cisne cantor
Iceland and Scandinavia E to NE Siberia; winters in W & C Europe, around Baltic, North, Black, Caspian and Aral Seas, E to coastal China and Japan.
140–165 cm; male 7200–15,500 g, female 5600–13,100 g; wingspan 205–243 cm. Female averages smaller. Chief risk of confusion is with C. columbianus... read more
Whooping call, from which species’ English name derives, is bisyllabic, often used repeatedly and... read more
Breeds in northern zones, on pools and lakes of shallow fresh waters, preferably in wooded country... read more
Food and feeding
Almost entirely vegetarian, mainly aquatic plants (Zostera, Ruppia, Potamogeton) and grass during the breeding... read more
Starts late Apr–May in Iceland and Fennoscandia, but from mid–late May in Russia and even into June at some latitudes, with... read more
Migratory. Part of Icelandic population (typically 500–1300 birds) remains in winter, varying... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Now protected in many range states, including Iceland (since 1885), Japan (1925), Sweden (1927), UK (1954) and Russia (1964). Slight... read more
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