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 (ho͞o′pər, wo͞o′-, hwo͞o′-)
1. A whooping crane.
2. A whooper swan.


(ˈwuːpə) or

whooper swan

(Animals) a large white Old World swan, Cygnus cygnus, having a black bill with a yellow base and a noisy whooping cry


(ˈhu pər, ˈʰwu-, ˈwu-)

1. a person or thing that whoops.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whooper - rare North American crane having black-and-white plumage and a trumpeting callwhooper - rare North American crane having black-and-white plumage and a trumpeting call
crane - large long-necked wading bird of marshes and plains in many parts of the world
genus Grus, Grus - type genus of the Gruidae: typical cranes
2.whooper - common Old World swan noted for its whooping callwhooper - common Old World swan noted for its whooping call
swan - stately heavy-bodied aquatic bird with very long neck and usually white plumage as adult
genus Cygnus, Cygnus - a genus of Anatidae
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The winter wildfowl spectacle was as good as it has been and, as ever at this time of year, the numbers of whooper swans increase as birds that have wintered further south in the UK stop off for a while on the Solway to feed up a bit more before heading north at the end of March on their way back to Iceland.
A herd of 61 Whooper Swans are on Glaslyn Marshes, a couple of Great Northern Divers are off Morfa Bychan and Holyhead Harbour, and up to five Slavonian Grebes off Llanfairfechan.
RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve lets visitors watch whooper swans, wigeons and a wide variety of ducks during the winter months as they walk along the paths filled with snowdrops.
The Bugu Ene public foundation said a local man in Issyk-Kul was found to having killed endangered whooper swans in the lake for fun.
Whooper swans are often seen passing through, whilst thousands of geese choose to spend the whole winter with us.
There are loads of wildlife spectacles including swirling starling murmurations, the arrival of thousands of wild bewicks and whooper swans from Russia and Iceland and huge flocks of rare geese flying in to their overwintering grounds.
Mr Murphy said the land earmarked for development provided foraging and roosting locations for Whooper swans and argued alternative routes, to the south, would not have an adverse effect on the conservation zone.
Located between March and Whittlesey, the site is flooded in winter and attracts many wintering birds, including whooper swans from Iceland, Bewicks swans from Russia and around half-a-dozen species of dabbling ducks including pintails, teals, shovelers, gadwalls and wigeons.
In the cold and featureless seascape of the north Atlantic, which is neither conducive to the generation of strong thermals nor orographic updrafts, a flock of some 30 whooper swans, Cygnus cygnus, was detected in 1967 by radar then visually identified by a pilot to be flying at 8200 m with a ground-speed of 38 m [s.
Elsewhere, the whooper swans and barnacle geese at Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve are the resident international stars, having flown in from the Arctic, along with the redwings and fieldfare from Scandinavia.
The histopathologic findings and the localization of H5N8 virus antigen associated with renal failure and gout in Baikal teals, bean geese, and whooper swans were unusual.
The British Isles are a favourite destination for many larger species of waterfowl, such as Bewicks and whooper swans, brent geese and barnacle geese, which flock .