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Whooper Swan

Cygnus cygnus

The whooper swan is a grand white bird and the national bird of Finland. The yellow area on its beak resembles a wedge and reaches down to the nostrils, which is the easiest way to distinguish the whooper swan from a tundra swan. The tail is round and short, unlike the wedge-like tail of a mute swan. Young whooper swans have a brownish gray plumage, and they get their white coat in the partial molting in the summer after their birth. Young ones also do not have the yellow color on their beaks (the yellow areas are of a lighter color with a partial reddish tint). The whooper swan flies with almost silent wing movements (compare it to the mute swan).

Conservation status

LC stands for “least concern.” The species is well-known, and the population is abundant or stable.

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