|Irish Name:||Eala Ghlórach|
|Scientific name:||Cygnus cygnus|
Winter visitor to wetlands throughout Ireland from October to April.
Similar to Bewick's Swan, but larger, with longer neck. Yellow and black bill, with the yellow projecting below the nostril.
Vocal bugling or honking.
Aquatic vegetation, but they are commonly found grazing on agricultural grasslands and fields where there is spilled grain, as well as potatoes from cultivated land.
The Whooper Swans that are present in Ireland each winter nest in Iceland during the summer. Each year a small number of Whoopers stay in Ireland for the summer and there have been occasional breeding records on lakes in the midlands and north-west.
Most on lowland open farmland around inland wetlands, regularly seen while feeding on grasslands and stubble.
Irish Wetland Bird Survey (I-WeBS), and a special swan census is carried out every five years, most recently in 2015. The next census takes place in January 2020, aiming to count and gather data on every Whooper Swan in Ireland over the weekend of the 11th and 12th of January. The census is coordinated in the Republic of Ireland by our I-WeBS team.
Breeding grounds in Iceland and Northern Europe.
Relatively widespread winter migrant, especially north and west of a line between Limerick and Dublin. Lough Swilly (Donegal), Lough Foyle (Donegal/Derry), Wexford Harbour & Slobs, Lough Gara (Sligo) and Donegal Bay all support greatest numbers (350- >2,000 birds).