Bewick’s Swan

Description: The bird bears high resemblance to the whooper swan, and yet is smaller. The only reliable distinguisher is its beak coloration: the Bewick’s Swan has its beak black up to about a half, and the yellow color spreads over the black top of the beak at right angle or next to it. The bird is 115-127 cm long.

Habitat: These swans fly in later than the whoopers, usually simultaneously with geese. They mostly feed on vegetation, predominantly terraneous grasses. The Bewick’s Swan is listed in both the International and the Russian Red Books, and is subject to strict protection.

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