Bewick's swans are seeing a population boost in northern Europe, and the past year has been a great one for chicks. According to BBC Nature News, the swans have seen an average of 14 percent young swans in wintering flocks, well above the average year's 10 percent youth population. This is the best breeding turnout in over a decade and can help compensate for recent declines in the Bewick's swan population due to poaching and lead poisoning.
The Bewick's swan is the smallest subspecies of the tundra swan. While the tundra swan is not endangered or threatened, the Bewick's swan is threatened in several areas, status that could become more critical if the birds are elevated to an individual species.
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