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Canada has a wide range of bird species. In British Columbia, we may host bird species for a longer period or at different times of the year, than other parts of Canada.
Here are two species of birds, you may have the good fortune to see, during the winter:
The Trumpeter Swan: The Trumpeter Swan is the heaviest flying bird in North America. Male Trumpeters can weigh over 26 pounds. Due to its weight, it needs a 100-yard runway to get off the ground. The Trumpeter Swan has a white body, a black bill, and legs. It also has a black patch of skin in front of its eyes, which gives the illusion of a larger bill It has a curved neck, and its legs are straight on the ground, and in flight. The Trumpeter Swan has a dense layer of down that can be up to 5 centimeters thick, which allows it to survive in temperatures as low as -30 degrees Celsius. To learn more about this bird and some of the challenges they face click here
The Long-eared Owl: The Long-eared Owl is a medium-sized bird, ranging from 35 to 40 centimeters in height. Its body is covered in a black and brown pattern, which looks like the bark of the trees it likes to reside in. It has an orange, squarish face divided by the same black and brown pattern above the beak. A white stripe on either side of this highlights the division. There are two feather tufts on the top of its head which gives that the owl has long ears. They are the same colour as its body. During the winter months, Long-eared Owls roost together, so you may be able to see a flock of them in a coniferous forest!
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