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Tundra Swan

Cygnus columbianus

Description:

C. columbianus is the smallest of the Holarctic swans, at 115–150 cm (45–59 in) in length, 168–211 cm (66–83 in) in wingspan and a weight range of 3.4–9.6 kg (7.5–21 lb).[3][4] In adult birds, the plumage of both subspecies is entirely white, with black feet, and a bill that is mostly black, with a thin salmon-pink streak running along the mouthline and – depending on the subspecies – more or less yellow in the proximal part. The iris is dark brown. In birds living in waters that contains large amounts of iron ions (e.g. bog lakes), the head and neck plumage acquires a golden or rusty hue. Pens (females) are slightly smaller than cobs (males), but do not differ in appearance otherwise.[2] (Wikipedia)

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2 Comments

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Nice!

DonnaPomeroy
DonnaPomeroy 9 years ago

beautiful photo

Steve Lenz
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Steve Lenz

Burbank, Washington, USA

Spotted on Feb 25, 2012
Submitted on Sep 27, 2012

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