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Trumpeter Swan Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Cygnus cygnus buccinator
  • Class

    Birds
  • Order

    Anseriformes
  • Range

    The trumpeter swan is predominantly found in the western United States and western Canada, although reintroduction programs have extended its range as far east as Illinois.

  • Habitat

    The species inhabits lakes, ponds and rivers.

  • Niche

    The trumpeter swan feeds primarily on seeds, grains and wetland plants. The species will also add snails, insects and small fish to its diet.

  • Life History

    Trumpeter swans form breeding pairs upon reaching three-four years of age, and these pairs often remain together for life. The female builds a large grass nest near a body of water, where she lays four-six eggs. Upon hatching, trumpeter swan offspring, called cygnets, stay with their parents for three-four months before venturing off on their own.

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