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.
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.
yellow = summer visitor
green = resident
blue = winter visitor
Population : breeding : 4,000 pairs ; winter : about 25,000 birds.
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