Trumpeter Swan

(Cygnus buccinator)




Facts about this animal

A large swan with a body-weight of about 13 kg in males and about 10 kg in females.

The female lays 4 to 8 (average 5) white eggs, in a very large nest, which may be in the water or on top of muskrat lodges. The eggs are incubated for 33-37 days exclusively by the female.

Did you know?
that in the 19th and early 20th century the trumpeter swan was hunted almost to extinction? Between 1820 and 1880, one single company placed 108'000 skins on the market. In 1933 it was estimated that only 66 trumpeter swans were left. Thanks to strict protection the species was able to recover.


Class AVES
Suborder ANSERES
Name (Scientific) Cygnus buccinator
Name (English) Trumpeter Swan
Name (French) Cygne trompette
Name (German) Trompeterschwan
Name (Spanish) Cisne Trompetero
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Appendix II (as Anatidae spp.).



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U.S. National Park Service



Range North America: Canada, USA
Habitat A variety of freshwater habitats, including riverine wetlands, lakes, ponds, and marshes.
Wild population The global population is estimated to be 18,000 individuals by Wetlands International (2002).
Zoo population 186 specimens reported to ISIS (2006)

In the Zoo

Trumpeter Swan


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 17 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Why do zoos keep this animal

Zoos keep trumpteer swans primarily for educational purposes, because they are the largest of all anseriform species, and because of their history of near-extinction. as the trumpeter swan is a very attractive sopecies, it is also a good ambassador for wetland conservation.