whistling swan

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Related to whistling swan: Bewick's swan, tundra swan

whis·tling swan

(wĭs′lĭng, hwĭs′-)
A subspecies (Cygnus columbianus subsp. columbianus) of the tundra swan found in North America and having a clear, honking call and a black beak with a yellow spot at the base.

[Named by Meriwether Lewis after its call, the first part of which reminded him of whistling.]

whistling swan

(Animals) a white North American swan, Cygnus columbianus, with a black bill and straight neck. Compare mute swan

whis′tling swan′

a North American swan, Cygnus columbianus columbianus, a subspecies of the tundra swan.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whistling swan - North American subspecies of tundra swan having a soft whistling notewhistling swan - North American subspecies of tundra swan having a soft whistling note
Cygnus columbianus, tundra swan - swan that nests in tundra regions of the New and Old Worlds
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Whistling Swan welcomes Grammy Award-winner Patty Griffin, one of America's finest singer-songwriters, for her first ever performances in Southcentral Alaska.
Since he sells only wholesale, the name Baker Bill may be unfamiliar, but his products are served by many local eateries including the Sturbridge Host Resort, the Whistling Swan in Sturbridge, Annie's Country Kitchen in Sturbridge, Sully's Dog Shack in Dudley and My Brother's Place in Webster.
Actually only a very small sampling of the whistling swan population is being dyed.
In "The Whistling Swan," the young pianist Hubert Redd returns from Paris after his wealthy patron, a married man who, the story insinuates, was intimately involved with Hubert, abruptly ends his financial support.
But the common wild swan of North America, the whistling swan, breeds in northern Canada and migrates south.
A NORTH American Whistling Swan has taken up residence on a farm pool at Kirkintilloch, Strathclyde.
Other resident companies include the Anchorage Opera, Anchorage Concert Association, Anchorage Symphony Orchestra, Alaska Junior Theater, Whistling Swan Productions, Alaska Chamber Singers, the Anchorage Concert Chorus, and the Anchorage Festival of Music.
lends them their common name and is one of the few ways to distinguish them from their close relatives in the vocal genus Cygnus: the Eurasian whooper and mute, and the North American and European whistling swan (known as the tundra or Beckwick's swan).
In 1898 Elliott, a very reliable observer, wrote that a whistling swan shot from a considerable height over Currituck Sound, N.
For years, the Whistling Swan was the main restaurant here, and the house-like Greek Revival building still bears that name in homage to its long history.
In the case of a familiar building that once housed two of the town's well-known eating establishments, The Whistling Swan and The Ugly Duckling, a makeover this past spring has turned both into a peacock.