Bewick's Swan

Name: Bewick's Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus columbianus

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 70

What are nature stars?

About: One of the two 'wild swans' that spend their winters in this country, Bewick's Swans arrive from Siberia in late autumn returning north again in the spring. They will often feed on fields during the day, eating crops, before coming in to roost on open water.

How to identify: The smallest British swan, told from the Whooper Swan by having less yellow and more black on the bill.

Where: Nests in Siberia. Spends the winter in a few areas of the country, mainly East Anglia, the Severn Estuary and Lancashire.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 80
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: Individual Bewick's Swans can be identified by looking at their bill: the pattern of black and yellow is as unique as a finger print!

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc

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