whistling swanwhistling swan
a large, white, North American swan (Cygnus columbianus) usually having a yellow spot in front of the eye: it winters along the Atlantic coast of the U.S.
Origin of whistling swanso named from its high-pitched cry
A subspecies (Cygnus columbianus subsp. columbianus) of the tundra swan found in North America and having a clear, honking call and a black beak with a yellow spot at the base.
Origin of whistling swanNamed by Meriwether Lewis after its call, the first part of which reminded him of whistling.
(plural whistling swans)
- Alternative name for the Bewick's swan