trumpeter swan


trumpeter swan

noun

Definition of TRUMPETER SWAN

:  a rare large pure white swan (Cygnus buccinator) of western North America that is noted for its sonorous voice

First Known Use of TRUMPETER SWAN

1834

trumpeter swan

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Black-billed species (Cygnus cygnus buccinator) of swan, named for its far-carrying, low-pitched call. About 6 ft (1.8 m) long, with a 10-ft (3-m) wingspan, it is the largest swan, though it weighs less than the mute swan. Once threatened with extinction (fewer than 100 were counted in the U.S. in 1935), it has made a strong comeback; though still listed as vulnerable, its population in western Canada and the northwestern U.S. now exceeds 5,000.

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