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Field Guide for all the Birds of North America




Information, images and range maps on over 1,000 birds of North America, including sub-species, vagrants, introduced birds and possibilities

The swans are the largest of the waterfowl and are some of the most beautiful birds to look at. They leave the observer with grand admiration when they see these birds for the first time.

The swans such as the Trumpeter Swans are the largest of the swans and the least in numbers. The most abundant are the Tundra Swans and the Mute Swans and they were introduced to our local parks and waterways but are becoming more and more of a concern with their increasing numbers and the harm they are causing to shoreline habitat.


Today, all swans are protected birds but this was not always the case. Overhunting of these birds at the turn of the twentieth century almost led to the disappearance of the swans. With the help of individual organizations and governments they have made a steady comeback, particularly in the Trumpeter Swan species.

Click on the bird names listed below to see pictures of the Swans seen in North America

References to Other Bird Sites:

Avibase - the world bird database This site provides the user with a complete list of bird species, broken down per country, or in the example of the US or Canada, per state and province. Here, bird species names are available in other languages, a great asset to be used as a translation of foreign bird names.

ABA - American Birding Association This site represents an organization that maintains official records of all birds species that have been proven to have been seen inside the perimeters of the North American Continent and the surrounding bodies of water. Regular revised versions are posted to keep the bird list current at all times. This is the list used by all serious birders over their lifetime. You may be aware of the movie called the "Big Year". It was with this list that all the competing birders used in an attempt to set a new record as to how many bird species that could be seen by an individual birder in one calendar year.

I hope you will take advantage of these suggested websites. I have used each of them, in one way or another, throughout the years in my quest to better identify and understand our fine feathered friends.

Classic Collection of North American Birds