Tundra Swan

Cygnus columbianus

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  • Tundra Swan |  Photo: Tim Rains, NPS
  • Tundra Swan |  Photo: Tim Rains, NPS
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Basic Information

Order

Anseriformes

Family

Anatidae

Size

Tundra Swans are generally between 3.75 and 4.8 feet in length.

Lifespan

up to 24 years

Weight

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) facts, habitat, range, swan pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the waterfowl.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Dabbler

Range

Migratory: Northern North America

Nest Placement

Ground

Number of Offspring

3–6 Eggs

Egg Description

Cream White

Condition at Hatching

Active, eyes open, down covered

Social Status

Flocks

Wingspan

5.25-5.75 ft

Observation Tips

We've had good luck in Denali National Park, Wonder Lake in particular.

What does the Tundra Swan look like?

Tundra Swans are large white waterbirds. They have long straight necks and large black bills. Juveniles are dingy white.

Tundra Swan Habitat

Lakes-Ponds

Tundra Swan Facts

Tundra Swans stay true to their name, they breed in the far tundra of northern North America. However, it is not uncommon to spot them during their migration in the in the Lower 48, or in the winter along the Pacific Coast. Tundra Swans have many predators including, foxes, weasels and wolves. They are monogamous and generally mate for life.

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