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Bewick's Swan

Bewick's SwanBewick's Swan

Cygnus columbianus

The Bewick's Swan is the smallest of the European swans and has the shortest neck, more like a goose. The base of its black bill is yellow. It arrives in Britain in mid-October after spending the breeding season in Siberia. It has more black on its bill than Mute and Whooper Swans and is considerably smaller and more like a goose in shape. The bill pattern for every individual Bewick's Swan is unique. It can be seen in UK from October to March, but numbers are falling. It is named after the engraver, Thomas Bewick.


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