French: Oie cygnoïde German: Schwanengans Spanish: Ánsar cisnal
C Asia from SC Siberia to Mongolia and N China; recorded in E Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and breeding is suspected in NE North Korea#R. Winters in North Korea, South Korea, CE China, and occasionally in Japan and Taiwan.
80–94 cm; male c. 3500 g, female 2850–3450 g; wingspan 165–185 cm. Easily recognized by pattern and shape of head and bill. Female slightly smaller with... read more
Commonest vocalization is a prolonged, resounding, ascending honk, whereas “Triumph Display” is low... read more
Varied, generally in close association with water, brackish or fresh (rivers or lakes); also in... read more
Food and feeding
Almost exclusively vegetarian diet, partly consisting of sedges, but comparatively few data. In summer grasses are apparently important,... read more
Starts latter half of Apr, sometimes not until late May; hatching mainly late May/June and most young have fledged by late Aug. Pair... read more
Migratory, winters mainly in E China and in Korea, formerly also in Japan where now very rare.... read more
Status and conservation
VULNERABLE. Previously considered Near Threatened, and was briefly uplisted to Endangered in early 2000s. Legally protected in Russia, Mongolia, South Korea and some... read more
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