Photo By Carl Thompson
January 11, 2006
By the end of the nineteenth century, the trumpeter swan was nearly extinct in North America. Today, some 3,000 or more of these birds nest in Alaska, and winter in coastal lakes and rivers in British Columbia as far south as Vancouver Island.
Photo by Carl Thompson ©2005
These magnificant swans are one of North America's largest birds at 60-72 inches in height. The color of the adult is white with a black bill. Younger birds are a dusky grey-brown and their bill is pinkish with a black base and tip. Their voice is a bugling, lower pitch.
Once mated, trumpeter swans usually remain together for life. Their life expectancy is 20-30 years.
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