Whooper Swan

Whooper Swan

The Whooper Swan (pronounced hooper swan) is also known as the Common Swan. Their bodies are entirely white. They have a bright yellow bill covering almost half of the bill and black at the tip.

  • Cygnus cygnus
  • Length: 60 in ( 152 cm)
  • Weight: 329.6 oz (9341 g)
  • Wingspan: 84 – 96 in (213 – 244 cm)


Whooper Swans have a vast range across Eurasia and they stray in North America, especially in Alaska, but they have been spotted as far south as California and during migration in eastern US states.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Whooper Swans living together in flocks near wetlands, on flooded fields, lakes, and small ponds. When they graze on land, you will find them on farmlands close to the coast.

Whooper Swans forage mostly underwater. They submerge their heads and long necks in search of underwater plants. They use their large bills to pull out plants by their roots, eating all of them, including the stems.

Whooper Swans Call:


Nests of Whooper Swans are often located on islands and on lakeshores. They are built like large mounds out of plants, moss, reeds, grass, and lichens. The female lays four to six eggs and incubates them for thirty-five days. The male defends the nest during this time.

Cygnets, or young swans, are able to fly when they are four or five months old.

Fun Fact:

Whooper Swans need to be near large areas of water when they’re growing up because their legs and feet are not able to support their large bodies for long periods of time.