Bewick's swan

Bew·​ick's swan | \ ˈbyü-ik(s)- \
variants: or less commonly Bewick swan

Definition of Bewick's swan

: a white swan (Cygnus bewicki) of northern Asia and northeastern Europe that occasionally appears in western Europe in winter and is smaller than the whooper swan with a smaller and more orange patch of naked skin in front of the eye

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History and Etymology for Bewick's swan

after Thomas Bewick †1828 English wood engraver who illustrated a book about birds

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“Bewick's swan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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