Whooper Swan

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 17 July 2015
Scientific Name
Cygnus cygnus
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. cygnus
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 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
55 to 65 inches
80 to 108 inches
256 to 496 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 大天鹅
Czech (Cesky) labuť zpěvná
Danish (Dansk) Sangsvane
Dutch (Nederlands) Wilde Zwaan
Finnish (Suomi) laulujoutsen
French (Français) Cygne chanteur
German (Deutsch) Singschwan
Italian (Italiano) Cigno selvatico
Japanese (日本語) オオハクチョウ [oohakuchou]
Korean (한국어) 큰고니 [keun-goni]
Norwegian (Norsk) Sangsvane
Polish (Polski) łabędź krzykliwy
Portuguese (Português) Cisne-bravo
Russian (русский язык) Лебедь-кликун
Spanish (Español) Cisne Cantor
Swedish (Svenska) Sångsvan
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