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About the Tundra Swan

Also known as: Bewick's Swan, Whistling Swan

The Tundra Swan is a large species of waterfowl that is found in northern parts of both the Old and New Worlds. It is migratory; Old World birds breeding across Siberia and winter in southeastern parts of Asia or northwestern Europe, while New World birds breed in parts of Alaska and extreme northern Canada, spending the winter along the Pacific and Altantic Coasts.

The two separate Tundra Swans are divided into two subspecies, Bewick's Swan in the Old World and Whistling Swan in the Americas. Some taxonomies consider them two different species.

As their name indicates, Tundra Swans breed nearby water in tundra habitat. They feed mainly on vegetation, both aquatic and terrestrial. They occasionally feed on invertebrates and small aquatic animals.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 14 July 2015
Scientific Name Cygnus columbianus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. columbianus
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 3 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
47.2 to 57.9 inches
66.1 inches
134 to 370.4 ounces
Range West Europe North Europe Central Asia Southeast Asia North America United States (West) United States (East)

International Names

  • 啸声, 小天鹅 (Chinese)
  • labuť malá (Czech)
  • Pibesvane, Tundrasvane (Danish)
  • Kleine Zwaan, Fluit zwaan (Dutch)
  • pikkujoutsen (Finnish)
  • Cygne de Bewick, Cygne siffleur (French)
  • Pfeifschwan, Zwergschwan (German)
  • Cigno minore (Italian)
  • コハクチョウ [kohakuchou] (Japanese)
  • 고니 (Korean)
  • Dvergsvane (Norwegian)
  • labedz maly, łabędź czarnodzioby (Polish)
  • Cisne de Bewick, Cisne-pequeno (Portuguese)
  • Малый лебедь, Американский лебедь (Russian)
  • Cisne Chico, Cisne silbador (Spanish)
  • Mindre sångsvan, Tundrasvan (Swedish)