The trumpeter swan is the larger of B.C.’s two
native swan species and is the largest bird in
It nests in remote northern freshwater wetlands,
with emergent vegetation, that are free from
Nests are large heaps of vegetation placed well away
Only one pair usually occupy a marsh because of
intensive interspecific aggression towards other
swans during the nesting season.
Pairs usually mate for life.
The breeding season extends from late May to
Family groups remain together throughout the fall
migration and winter.
Trumpeter swans return to nesting marshes year
after year, but are sensitive to disturbance and will
abandon nests and nesting marshes if harassed.
In winter, trumpeter swans are gregarious and
flocks of over 100 birds are regularly found at
favoured wintering sites.