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About the Whooper Swan

Also known as: Elk, Whooping Swan

The Whooper Swan is a large species of waterfowl that is found across most of northern Asia and parts of Europe. They are migratory, flying up to several thousand miles between their breeding and wintering grounds.

The Whooper Swan is named for its loud "whooping" call. Like other species of swan, this all-white bird may develop a rusty tinge along its head and neck from dabble-feeding in iron-rich waters.

The Whooper Swan is similar in appearance to the Bewick's Swan (Tundra Swan). Whooper Swans have a larger patch of yellow along the base of the bill. The shape and size of this yellow patch is unique to each bird.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 17 July 2015
Scientific Name Cygnus cygnus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. cygnus
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 4 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
55 to 65 inches
80 to 108 inches
256 to 496 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia Europe

International Names

  • 大天鹅 (Chinese)
  • labuť zpěvná (Czech)
  • Sangsvane (Danish)
  • Wilde Zwaan (Dutch)
  • laulujoutsen (Finnish)
  • Cygne chanteur (French)
  • Singschwan (German)
  • Cigno selvatico (Italian)
  • オオハクチョウ [oohakuchou] (Japanese)
  • 큰고니 [keun-goni] (Korean)
  • Sangsvane (Norwegian)
  • łabędź krzykliwy (Polish)
  • Cisne-bravo (Portuguese)
  • Лебедь-кликун (Russian)
  • Cisne Cantor (Spanish)
  • Sångsvan (Swedish)