Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
- HABITAT - Their breeding habitat is large shallow ponds, undisturbed lakes, pristine wetlands and wide slow rivers, and marshes in northwestern and central North America, with the largest numbers of breeding pairs found in Alaska. They prefer nesting sites with enough space for them to have enough surface water for them to take off. Because of their size, getting airborne requires a lumbering takeoff along a 100-yard runway.
- DIET - Trumpeter Swans are mainly vegetarians, although they occasionally eat small fish and fish eggs. Younger birds also eat aquatic insects before switching to a vegetarian diet
- FACTS - The Trumpeter Swan once occurred across North America from the Atlantic to the Pacific. They were hunted to near extinction. They are starting to come back, but a nowhere near their historical range.