Bewick's swan


Bew·​ick's swan
variants or less commonly Bewick 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

Word History


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

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“Bewick's swan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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