Tundra Swans taking flight off water
Tundra Swans (Cygnus columbianus) Photo Credit: Janet Bauer

Feeding Habits: Tundra swans eat mostly leaves from aquatic plants, but also eat snails, clams and insect larvae.

Unique Features: Tundra swans are the most common swan species in North America, and are most commonly seen in and around the Wells Reservoir during the winter months. Tundra swans in this part of Washington migrate between the east and west side of the Cascade Mountains, but they breed in the tundra of the Canadian and Alaskan Arctic and subarctic. Tundra swans stay with the same mate for their entire lifetime, and their young stay with their parents until about 2 years old.