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TITLE
Whooper and mute swans, North Uist
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_WHOOPERSANDMUTESWANS
DISTRICT
North Uist
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: North Uist
PERIOD
1980s; 1990s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
2278
KEYWORDS
ornithology
bird watching
audio

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Whooper swans are mainly winter visitors to Scotland from Iceland. They arrive in October and return during April. Whoopers are large white swans, with a distinctive triangular patch of yellow on their black bills. This patch is similar to a human fingerprint and individual birds can be recognised by their bill pattern. They feed on aquatic plants, grass and grain in shallow water, flooded fields, lakes and Lowland farmland.

Mute swans are large white water birds with orange bills. They breed across much of the UK in shallow lakes, slow-flowing rivers, canals, and nearby fields, feeding on water plants insects and snails. As their name suggests, they are mostly silent but can hiss when angry.

In this short audio extract, recorded at Loch in North Uist in early spring, the honking of whooper swans can be heard together with the flapping of the mute swans' wings in flight

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Whooper and mute swans, North Uist

INVERNESS: North Uist

1980s; 1990s

ornithology; bird watching; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Bird Watching

Whooper swans are mainly winter visitors to Scotland from Iceland. They arrive in October and return during April. Whoopers are large white swans, with a distinctive triangular patch of yellow on their black bills. This patch is similar to a human fingerprint and individual birds can be recognised by their bill pattern. They feed on aquatic plants, grass and grain in shallow water, flooded fields, lakes and Lowland farmland. <br /> <br /> Mute swans are large white water birds with orange bills. They breed across much of the UK in shallow lakes, slow-flowing rivers, canals, and nearby fields, feeding on water plants insects and snails. As their name suggests, they are mostly silent but can hiss when angry.<br /> <br /> In this short audio extract, recorded at Loch in North Uist in early spring, the honking of whooper swans can be heard together with the flapping of the mute swans' wings in flight