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Whooper Swan
Cygnus cygnus

Map of the common names


Size (L 150 cm) of Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), elongated head shape, yellow bill and completly white plumage. The birds frequent lakes, delta rivers, shallow sea bays or semi-natural meadows where they graze. Feeds only on aquatic plants, seeds and algae. Migrant.

Watercolour by Serge Nicolle

Reasons for the need for protection/inclusion in annex I

The greatest problems to the Whooper Swan are disturbances, deterioration of habitat, illegal hunting and pollution by lead and pesticides. Collision with powerlines seems not to be a serious threat.

Distribution map

yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor

Population : breeding : 4,000 pairs ; winter : about 25,000 birds.

Drawing by Manuel Manolos

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