Whooper Swan bird is a winter visitor forming medium-sized flocks, often in association with other swans. The bird’s Neck usually held straight. Whooper Swan has a yellow base to black bill, which extends forward to form a clear point, accentuating flat crown-bill profile. Generally noisy, especially in flight, when wingbeats produce whistling noise.
Status: The bird is a regular winter visitor mainly from Iceland; the largest numbers in Scotland and Ireland.
Similar Species: Mute Swan is the same size but has an orange bill and holds the neck in ‘S’. Smaller Bewick’s Swan has a concave (not flat) crown-bill profile.
Whooper Swan Bird Facts
145-160 cm (57-63 in)
freshwater, estuaries, field
swims, up-ends, walks, takes off and lands on water or ground