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Trumpeter Swan

Scientific Name
Cygnus buccinator
Western United States and western Canada
Lakes, ponds, and rivers
Estimated Wild Population
Trumpeter swan in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern Endangered Status Graph - Least Concern

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The largest North American waterfowl, trumpeter swans have white plumage and a black bill. They feed primarily on seeds, grains, and wetland plants, as well as snails, insects, and small fish. These aquatic birds form breeding pairs at the age of 3 or 4, and pairs often mate for life. Female build a large grass nest near a body of water, where they lay four to six eggs. Upon hatching, offspring remain with their parents for three to four months before venturing off on their own.

Did You Know?

Trumpeter swans were named after their signature call, a loud, trumpeting honk.

Their wingspan can reach up to eight feet across.

Adult males can weigh up to 30 pounds.

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