Trumpeter Swan

(Cygnus buccinator)

Conservation Status
Trumpeter Swan
Photo by Christa Rittberg
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N4B, N4N - Apparently Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

S2B,SNRN,SNRM - Imperiled Breeding, Unranked Breeding and Migrant

     
  Minnesota

Special Concern

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The bill is all black with no knob at the upper base and no yellow lores.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

60 to 72 in length

72 to 84 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
 

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) bill is orange with a black knob at the upper base. It is a rare vagrant in eastern Minnesota.

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) is smaller and usually has yellow lores. It is much more common and widespread.

 
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Lakes and large wetlands

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

 

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Reintroduced. Widely scattered breeder. About 1,500 birds in the state.

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anserinae (true geese and swans)  
 

Genus

Cygnus (true swans)  
       
 

Synonyms

 
 

Olor buccinator

 
       

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Lores

Small patches of skin between a bird’s eye and bill, one below each eye.

 

 

 
 
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Pair of Trumpeter Swans and a Greater Yellowlegs...

... the swan was preening its feathers while I was filming it and this yellowlegs decided to investigate. It walked over to the far right side of the swan paused briefly to look at the swan then walked back the direction it came out of the scene.

... lighting wasn’t bad and light winds as well as approachable trumpeters was a memorable experience and the yellowlegs added its curious character making it better.

  Trumpeter Swan  
           
 

In calm waters early Spring 2021.

 
    Trumpeter Swan      
           
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Trumpeter Swan in Flight....

Trumpeters are big and beautiful

  Trumpeter Swan  
           
 

Trumpeters are beautiful...

 
    Trumpeter Swan      
           
  Pair of Trumpeters, Geese, 2 distant wood ducks and a pair of Sandhill Cranes across the water.   Trumpeter Swan  
           
 

Canada geese and White as Snow Trumpeter Swans...

 
    Canada Goose      
           
 

Trumpeter Swans in a harvested corn field...

Seen them today in rural Norman Co. Mn. One is standing on one leg…resting the other I am thinking.

  Trumpeter Swan  
 

Luciearl

 
  Trumpeter swan parents with three cygnets. They will stay until the day before the lake is completely iced over.   Trumpeter Swan  
           
 

Some stand watch as others feed.

 
    Trumpeter Swan      
 

Ramona Abrego

 
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
 

Margot Avey

 
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
           
    Trumpeter Swan      
           
  While walking yesterday, I happened upon Trumpeter Swans bathing & grooming. A spectacular event. I took photos of the entire event.   Trumpeter Swan  
           
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
 

Gerry Garcia

 
 

Swans

 
    Trumpeter Swan      
 

Kirk Nelson

 
 

Swimming in Jensen Lake

 
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
           
 

Snelling Lake, Fort Snelling State Park

 
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
           
    Trumpeter Swan      
 

Christa Rittberg

 
    Trumpeter Swan      
 

Tom Baker

 
    Trumpeter Swan   Trumpeter Swan  
           
 
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Trumpeter Swan
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
  Trumpeter Swan  
Trumpeter Swans at Riverlands 11/20/16
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
  Trumpeter Swans at Riverlands 11/20/16  
Trumpeter Swan
JMC Nature Photos
  Trumpeter Swan  
Trumpeter Swans
Craig A. Mullenbach
  Trumpeter Swans  
 
About

Most of these shots are taken in the old Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant around Lake Marsden.

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A blog for smart people. Stupid people will probably get a headache reading here (unless they stick to the flickr links...pretty pictures).

 
     

 

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  "Talking Trumpeters"
Published on Mar 7, 2016
 
   
 
About

The Trumpeter Swans have, and continue to make a comeback after nearly being hunted to extinction by the early 1900's. Large beautiful birds they can sometimes be quite vocal to each other. No idea what they were saying, but they obviously understand one another. Wind made it difficult filming at times.

   
  "Trumpeter Swans"
Published on Jan 16, 2016
 
   
 
About

Nearly hunted to extinction by the early 1900's the Trumpeter Swan has made quite a comeback and I am glad they have. This brief video shows the Trumpeter Swans existing in their natural habitat along with ducks and geese etc. with a combination of natural swan sounds as well as instrumental music in areas. This is the first HD video of this type I have done using a DSLR camera with a 55-250mm zoom lens instead of a HD camcorder.

   
       
 
Other Videos
 
  Ultimate Animal Dads: Trumpeter Swans
Animal Planet
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on May 26, 2009

Get more at http://animal.discovery.com/videos/ Trumpeter Swan dads are loyal to their families, mating for life with the mother swans.

 
  Trumpeter Swans
jctiger00
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Apr 26, 2009

I have never heard anything like this. Birds can actually sound like a brass instrument.

 
  Trumpeter Swans
MObirds
 
   
 
About

Uploaded on Aug 31, 2007

http://www.mdc.mo.gov/nathis/birds/emobirds/

Trumpeter swans are much larger than any other species of waterfowl.

Adult trumpeters will average about 30 pounds and have a seven foot wing span.

Young swans, called cygnets, are easy to identify, because they're gray, not white, until they're a year old.

Hunting in the 1800s drove trumpeter swans to the brink of extinction. Restoration efforts in the upper Midwest have led to increased sightings of swans in Missouri as they migrate through during fall and winter months. And several trumpeter families have been found wintering in different areas around Missouri. But until people get used to seeing them, waterfowl hunters need to be careful. Shooting a protected trumpeter swan can cost thousands of dollars in fines.

 
  TheStar.com: Saving the Trumpeter Swan
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About

Uploaded on Mar 27, 2009

Thanks to the efforts of volunteers with the Trumpeter Swan Restoration project, the endangered trumpeter swan population in Ontario is now over 1,000. Long time volunteers Harry Lumsden, Beverly and Ray Kingdon feed the swans at Lasalle Park in Burlington. See thestar.com for more news and information.

 
  The REAL Swan Lake: Trumpeter Swans by the Hundreds Taking Flight (HD)
Meg McDonald
 
   
 
About

Published on Jan 9, 2013

At a tiny lake in northwestern Washington State, hundreds of wintering trumpeter swans rest every night (between December and early March) and fly out from the lake at dawn to feed in nearby farm fields. This is Shadow Lake at the Bob Heirman Wildlife Preserve in Snohomish County, and these trumpeter swans are part of the Pacific Coast population that breeds during summers in the interior of Alaska and spends winters along the Pacific Coast as far south as Eugene, Oregon.

Trumpeter swans are the largest waterfowl in North America. Unfortunately they were hunted nearly to extinction in the 1600s-1800s. Their long wing feathers were prized as elegant quill pens, and their skins were used to make cosmetic powder puffs.

Today trumpeter swans are protected by law, but they're being poisoned by lead shot. Lead shot has been banned for waterfowl hunting, but it still may be used to hunt upland birds and is also used for target practice. The swans pick up lead shot pellets when they feed in wetlands and in winter farm fields. (Shadow Lake, the swan roost in this video, has been tested and is free of lead contamination.)

Please help protect these lovely, graceful birds by never using lead shot for hunting or for target practice. Use only NONTOXIC shot (such as stainless steel), and ask your friends to do the same. For more information about trumpeter swans, please visit www.trumpeterswansociety.org.

Please visit my beautiful photography website http://www.wildnwbeauty.com and my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/WildNWBeauty for incredible high-resolution photographs of the majestic wild scenery and wildlife of the Pacific Northwest!

You can find the music of Rho at http://full-source.com/nosource/netlabel/artists_rho.htm.

 
       

 

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  Dan W. Andree
5/8/2021

Location: Norman Co., Mn.

... the swan was preening its feathers while I was filming it and this yellowlegs decided to investigate. It walked over to the far right side of the swan paused briefly to look at the swan then walked back the direction it came out of the scene.

... lighting wasn’t bad and light winds as well as approachable trumpeters was a memorable experience and the yellowlegs added its curious character making it better.

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
Early Spring 2021

Location: A pond in Minnesota

In calm waters early Spring 2021.

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
3/13/2021

Location: A Wildlife Refuge in Norman County, Minnesota

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Luciearl
12/10/2020

Location: Cass County

Trumpeter swan parents with three cygnets. They will stay until the day before the lake is completely iced over.

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
9/9/2020

Location: in the air over Norman Co. near Sandpiper Prairie SNA.

Trumpeters are big and beautiful

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Margot Avey
4/2/2020

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park, MN

While walking yesterday, I happened upon Trumpeter Swans bathing & grooming. A spectacular event. I took photos of the entire event.

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Gerry Garcia
9/28/2019

Location: Vermillion River Watershed about 7miles SW of Crane Lake

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Kirk Nelson
4/7/2019

Location: Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Swimming in Jensen Lake

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Margot Avey
7/25/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Ramona Abrego
4/24/2019

Location: Becker County

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Margot Avey
4/19/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Margot Avey
4/18/2019

Location: Westwood Hills Nature Center

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
4/4/2018

Location: rural Norman Co, Mn.

Trumpeter Swans in a previously harvested corn field in rural Norman Co, Mn. 2018

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
4/1/2018

Location: Rural Norman Co. Mn.

Pair of Trumpeters, Geese, 2 distant wood ducks and a pair of Sandhill Cranes across the water.

Today (April 2, 2018) the water has froze there is a also a little more snow and they have gone elsewhere.  

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Dan W. Andree
3/30/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

Canada Goose

 
  Dan W. Andree
3/25/2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

One is standing on one leg…resting the other I am thinking.

Trumpeter Swan

 
  Kirk Nelson
1/19/2016

Location: Snelling Lake, Fort Snelling State Park

I tried to use the noise of the planes landing to cover the sound of my approach, but they became aware of me soon enough and gave a few warning honks.  Still, I was able to approach slowly and get to about 30 yards from them.  When I sat still to watch, they would tuck their heads back under their wings, but as soon as I started moving they perked up again.

Trumpeter Swan

 
           
 
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