Hi, I am a Trumpeter Swan. I am the largest of the geese and swans. I live in North America, and people think I look graceful because of my long neck and beautiful white color of my plumage. I weigh about 25 pounds, and my body can stretch six feet long. My wingspan is ten feet long. Even though I am pretty large, I am still a good flier, but we need 100 yards of runway in the water before we can take to flight.
Yes, we are loud, and people think we sound like a Horse galloping in the way we flap our wings in flight. You can find me in Alaska, Canada, and parts of the United States. We love to be in the wetland, in the coastal waters, shallow lakes, rivers, and ponds. We love to use our long necks to reach down deep in the water and eat our food. We eat mostly plants that live in the water, and sometimes we may eat small fish, insects, eggs, but our favorite food are still plants. People wonder why we are called Trumpeter Swans. We sound like a deep, low trumpet when we talk.
Interestingly, when a person plays the trumpet, they are called a trumpeter. Humans get us mixed up with the Mute Swan, just remember we are the Swans that have a black bill and its shaped like a wedge. Sometimes you might see a salmon pink color around my mouth. Several times you may see my neck or head stained due to the contact I may have on the bottom of the wetland when I am eating. We do prepare our nests on slightly elevated ground near water, and our nests are the shape of a big bowl with grass, feathers, and cattails.
We do have to be careful of predators such as Bears, Coyotes, Snapping Turtles, Eagles, Bobcats, and Foxes. We can defend ourselves with our large wings, but it's better not to be in that situation. Hope one day to see you. Remember if you bother us especially when we are with cygnets, babies, we will hiss and chase after you.
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