tundra swan

noun

Definition of tundra swan

: a native North American swan (Cygnus columbianus) that has a soft high-pitched call, breeds in the arctic tundra, and winters in shallow fresh or salt water especially along the eastern and western coasts of the U.S.

called also whistling swan

Examples of tundra swan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hoary marmots, flying squirrels and tundra swans prepare for sleep in their respective safe havens. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "5 Alaska children’s books perfect for gifting this holiday season," 23 Nov. 2019 There were tundra swan sightings from both White Island Road in Halifax and at Broad Cove in Somerset. BostonGlobe.com, "Central Mass:," 29 Dec. 2019 Those that remain tend to be the hardiest, such as mallard ducks and tundra swans, but will likely also get a push south by the recent weather. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Early cold and snow may be disruptive to us, but animals have it all figured out," 13 Nov. 2019 One pleasant noise that penetrates downward is the honks of tundra swans. Anchorage Daily News, "Middle Alaska begins its transition to a quieter, snow-covered world," 12 Oct. 2019 Many birds migrate, but some tundra swans spend most of the year traveling to and from breeding grounds. Author: Ann Cameron Siegal, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. East Coast welcomes northern Alaska’s tundra swans for winter break," 6 Feb. 2018 The 564-acre marsh adjacent to Turnagain Arm is a magnet for birders, who may encounter trumpeter swans, tundra swans, red-necked grebes, northern pintails, arctic terns and other species amid the marsh's sedges. Mike Campbell, Alaska Dispatch News, "Effort to expand Potter Marsh by 2 acres underway," 8 Sep. 2017

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1984, in the meaning defined above

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“Tundra swan.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tundra%20swan. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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