Common Names: Trumpeter swan
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans
The heaviest native North American bird and is (on average) the largest extant waterfowl species on earth. Adults typically measure 54 to 62 inches long, weigh 17 to 28 pounds, and have an 80 inch wingspan. The cygnets (juveniles) are grey in appearance, becoming white after the first year. The mute swan can easily be distinguished by its orange bill and different structure (particularly the neck, which is almost always curved down).
Their breeding habitat is large shallow ponds and wide slow rivers. They are not common in Connecticut and their status as a regular visitor to Connecticut is debated.