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Swan  Bewick's Swans

Latin name: Cygnus columbianus

Size: Approx 120cm. Weighs up to 8kg.

Distribution: Found in Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and many parts of England, especially around the Ouse Washes.

Months seen: Late September to April

Food: Aquatic vegetation, grain and potatoes

Habitat: Salt marshes, reservoirs and meadows

Special features: Bewick's swans are migrant birds spending half the year in northern Siberia and half the year here in the U.K.

Bewick's are much smaller than our resident Mute swans, and their shorter necks give them a goose-like appearance.

They have yellow patches on their bills, and these have been likened to human fingerprints, in that every bird has a unique shaped patch.


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A beautifully illustrated fold-out guide to waders, ducks, swans, geese and other wetland birds found in wetlands throughout north-west Europe
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