Mute Swan
a male mute swan.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Cygnus
Species: Cygnus olor

The Mute swan (Cygnus olor) is found in many different habitats, including the sea. They are the most common swan in Britain and the Queen legally owns all of them.


These birds are completely white except for a black part around the eyes and legs. Swans have a small knob just on the top of the base of their bills, hens have a much smaller knob and young birds have brown feathers.


While breeding, swan pairs are very territorial and will scare off humans, and anything else that approaches. Because of their long necks, swans rarely need to dive and will instead dip their heads underneath the water.


Swans feed mainly on vegetation. In parks they will feed on grain and bread, which is often given to them.


A mute swans nest consists of a heap of vegetation, the nests are normally found around a large source of water. The clutch is 5 to 7 and the eggs are a light green. The young, known as cygnets, are often seen following the mother.


Mute swans are found in various parts of Europe, including the British Isles, they are also found in Asia and the south of Africa.


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