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Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinator


Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America. These big birds may weigh as much as 32 lbs. and have powerful wings that span about 6 feet. They are white with black bills and feet. Young of the year, such as this bird, are darker with some mottling among the white feathers. Some birds will have a darker neck and head due to their foraging in mud.


Trumpeters in Minnesota and Wisconsin use wintering areas on open water on larger river systems, such as the St. Croix (where these photos were taken) and Mississippi Rivers. During warmer months they are found nesting in wetlands.

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Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 8 years ago

drpalombella, Fascinating. I didn't know that. Thanks everyone for the kind words. Glad you enjoyed the series.

drpalombella 8 years ago

Okay, this may be off-topic, but I love this bird's Latin name. Our main cheek muscles are called buccinators because we have to keep them contracted while blowing a horn (unless you're Dizzy Gillespie). Can't wait to tell my Anatomy students about the trumpeter swan!

LuisStevens 8 years ago

Beautiful series Gordon!

Atul 8 years ago

Beautiful !

Gordon Dietzman
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Gordon Dietzman

Hudson, Wisconsin, USA

Spotted on Feb 12, 2013
Submitted on Feb 14, 2013


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