Bewick’s Swan Bird Information
Bewick’s Swan is the smallest bird of the three swans; size most apparent in flight when faster wing beats and noisy calls resemble goose. The black bill has a truncated yellow area at the base. Bewick’s Swan has a rounded crown with a concave forehead and bill profile. Neck often held straight. Usually gregarious, forming large flocks at suitable feeding grounds; grazes in goose-like fashion.
Status: The bird is a localized winter visitor from Siberia to traditional feeding grounds, such as Ouse Washes and Slimbridge; most numerous in southern England. Late winter influxes due to hard weather in Germany and Holland.
Similar Species: Whooper Swan is much larger, has pointed yellow area on the bill and flat crown and bill profile.
Bewick’s Swan Bird Facts
|Size||116-128 cm (45-50 in)|
|Habitat||freshwater, estuaries, fields|
|Flocking||gregarious, 1-several hundred|
|Behavior||swims, up-ends, walks, takes off and lands on water or ground|
|Voice||goose-like honking flight call|
|Tail||white; short and square|
|Bill||black with yellow base; duck-like|
|Juvenile||brownish grey, pinking bill|
Nesting and Breeding
|Nest||a huge mound of vegetation|
|Eggs||4; creamy white|
|Food||grass, grain, roots|