Trumpeter Swan

About the Trumpeter Swan

Also known as: Bugler Swan

The Trumpeter Swan is a very large species of waterfowl found across northern parts of North America. In fact, it is the largest species of waterfowl and the heaviest native North American bird species. The Trumpeter Swan is named for its distinctive trumpeting call.

Adult Trumpeter Swans have an all-white plumage. The head and neck may have a yellow or reddish tint from dabble-feeding in water rich in iron. The all-black bill may show some pink lining at the opening.

Trumpeter Swans feed by foraging for food under the surface of water (dabbling), and by grazing on grasses and grains. They are mainly herbivorous. Juvenile swans, called cygnets, occasionally feed on aquatic invertebrates and small fish.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 July 2015
Scientific Name
Cygnus buccinator
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. buccinator
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 31 August 2015)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
54.3 to 62.2 inches
79.9 inches
271.6 to 448 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 黑嘴天鹅
Czech (Cesky) labuť trubač
Danish (Dansk) Trompetérsvane
Dutch (Nederlands) Trompetzwaan
Finnish (Suomi) trumpettijoutsen
French (Français) Cygne trompette
German (Deutsch) Trompeterschwan
Italian (Italiano) Cigno trombettiere
Japanese (日本語) ナキハクチョウ [nakihakuchou]
Norwegian (Norsk) Trompetersvane
Polish (Polski) labedz trabiacy
Portuguese (Português) Cisne-trompeteiro
Russian (русский язык) Лебедь-трубач
Spanish (Español) Cisne Trompetero
Swedish (Svenska) Trumpetarsvan
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