Mongolian: Гангар хун
length: 140-160 cm
span: 205-235 cm
Breeding season: May-August
Egg number: 5-6 (occasionally 4-8)
Egg color: Creamy-white, partly glossy with
slightly granular surface.
Brood: 1 per year
Global status: Least Concern
Regional status: Least Concern
Habitat: Breeds on tundra pools on small lakes with
sheltering vegetation, on damp bogs and in marshes, typically in remote areas
in far north, but has spread south recently (linked with less shy, more confiding
habits). Migrates to open waters in NW Europe. Hardy, closely following retreat
of ice in spring.
Food: Water plants, grass and wheat grains.
Huge. Plumage white, but many in spring and summer have head and neck stained
brown. Neck long, upper part generally held straight when swimming. Best told
from Mute and Tundra by long, wedge-shaped bill, largely yellow with black tip,
yellow forming pointed wedge, reaching in front of nostril.
Grey (tinged brownish), clearly less brown and slightly paler than juvenile
Mute; very similar to juvenile Tundra but (in British isles) often slightly
paler. Bill pattern of adult discernible (black of adult is pink, yellow is