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Illustration from National Geographic's Field Guide to the Birds of North America
Tundra Swan

Cygnus columbianus



First Noted by Expedition
March 9, 1806, at Fort Clatsop, Oregon.
 

Description
The most common swan in the West and the only native swan in the East. Large, all white; bill black, usually with small yellow spot in front of eye. Length: 48-55 in (120-140 cm).
 

Voice
Mellow bugling call, hoo-ho-hoo, usually heard from a flock of migrating birds.
 

Habitat
Arctic tundra; winters on marshy lakes and bays.
 

Range
Breeds in Alaska and far northern Canada east to Baffin Island. Winters from southern Alaska south to Nevada, Utah, and Baja California and on mid-Atlantic coast; rare on Gulf Coast of Texas; occasional on Great Lakes.
 

Note
Because they breed in remote and little disturbed areas, tundra swans have so far escaped the fate of the closely related trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) of the West, which was reduced to near extinction by hunting and habitat destruction.

Species information from enature.com
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