Tundra Swan

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 14 July 2015
Scientific Name
Cygnus columbianus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. columbianus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 3 May 2020)
  • 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
47.2 to 57.9 inches
66.1 inches
134 to 370.4 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 啸声, 小天鹅
Czech (Cesky) labuť malá
Danish (Dansk) Pibesvane, Tundrasvane
Dutch (Nederlands) Kleine Zwaan, Fluit zwaan
Finnish (Suomi) pikkujoutsen
French (Français) Cygne de Bewick, Cygne siffleur
German (Deutsch) Pfeifschwan, Zwergschwan
Italian (Italiano) Cigno minore
Japanese (日本語) コハクチョウ [kohakuchou]
Korean (한국어) 고니
Norwegian (Norsk) Dvergsvane
Polish (Polski) labedz maly, łabędź czarnodzioby
Portuguese (Português) Cisne de Bewick, Cisne-pequeno
Russian (русский язык) Малый лебедь, Американский лебедь
Spanish (Español) Cisne Chico, Cisne silbador
Swedish (Svenska) Mindre sångsvan, Tundrasvan
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