- Length: 40 inches
- Large, long-necked waterbird with short legs and a short
- Long neck held in distinctive "S" curve at rest
- Orange bill with black base, lores and knob above bill
- Black legs and feet
- Entirely white plumage
- Fluffy back feathers
- Female has smaller bill knob
- Sexes similar
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Adult easily separated from other swans and geese by its
orange bill and black knob above bill. We will get back to you
about the immatures!
Length and wingspan from: Robbins, C.S., Bruun, B., Zim, H.S., (1966). Birds of North America. New York: Western Publishing Company, Inc.