Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

The Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus) is a large, majestic bird that is found in wetlands, lakes and rivers in the northern hemisphere. It is the largest swan species in the world, and its unique call is often heard before it is seen.

The Whooper Swan stands about 1.5 meters tall and has a wingspan of up to 2.4 meters. The male and female are similar in appearance, but the male is slightly larger. They have a striking white plumage, a black beak, and black legs and feet.

During breeding season, the Whooper Swan pairs up with their mate and builds a large nest out of vegetation on the ground near the water. They typically lay between 4-7 eggs and both parents take turns incubating the eggs for around 35-45 days. Once the eggs hatch, the chicks are fed by both parents and stay with the family for several months until they can fly.

The Whooper Swan is an herbivore, feeding on aquatic plants and grasses. They dip their long necks and heads underwater to forage for food, and can also graze on land. In the winter months, the Whooper Swan migrates southwards to warmer climates, where it can find food and shelter.

This beautiful bird has a distinctive, honking call that is used for communication and to establish territories. In flight, it makes a loud, trumpet-like noise that echoes across the wetlands.

The Whooper Swan is a cultural symbol in many countries, the national bird of Finland, and a revered bird in Japanese folklore. However, this species faces numerous threats, including habitat loss, hunting, and pollution. Conservation efforts are underway to protect and preserve this magnificent bird for future generations.

Other names

Cygnus cygnus



Whooper Swan

cigne cantaire



žutokljuni labud

labuť zpěvná


Wilde Zwaan


Cygne chanteur


Cigno selvatico


gulbė giesmininkė


łabędź krzykliwy



Veliki labud

labuť spevavá

Cisne cantor


Ötücü Kuğu



énekes hattyú


ziemeļu gulbis


labod pevec