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MUTE SWAN (Cygnus olor)

©Nigel Key Mute Swan (Slimbridge May 2014)

The Mute Swan is a member of the Anatidae family and is native to Europe, Asia and the North of Africa. It has also been introduced into North America, Australasia and South Africa.

The Mute Swan is a quiet compared to the other swans which led to its name.

The closest relatives to the Mute Swan are the Black Swan and the Black-Necked Swan, despite its Eurasian roots.

   Hear the Mute Swan's Call:-
Conservation Status


Size
1250mm to 1700mm (49" to 67")

Appearance - Male
The male has White plumage with an Orange bill bordered with Black, a Black tip and a Black knob from the base of the bill.

Appearance - Female
The female is similar to the male but slightly smaller and has a smaller knob.

Habitat
Rivers, Lakes, Ponds, Canals and Parks.

Diet
Aquatic Plants, Oilseed Rape, Wheat, Sedges, Pond Weed, Insect Larvae, small Fish, tadpole and Grasses.

Breeding Time
Late April to May.

Nest
Built as a large mound shaped nest from plant material off the ground near water.

Eggs
Quantity: 4 to 7
Average size: 115mm x 75mm
Colour: Grey/White.











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PHOTOGRAPHS

Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge November 2017) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge April 2018) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2019) - pic by Nigel Key
30/11/17 20/04/18 25/03/19
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2016) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2016) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge March 2017) - pic by Nigel Key
05/10/16 05/10/16 13/03/17
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge August 2016) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2016) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2016) - pic by Nigel Key
16/08/16 05/10/16 05/10/16
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge May 2014) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge May 2014) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge April 2015) - pic by Nigel Key
17/05/14 17/05/14 09/04/15
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge April 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge September 2013) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge November 2013) - pic by Nigel Key
06/04/13 04/09/13 23/11/13
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2011) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge October 2011) - pic by Nigel Key
01/10/11 01/10/11 01/10/11
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge August 2010) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge September 2010) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge September 2010) - pic by Nigel Key
22/08/10 09/09/10 09/09/10
Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge June 2010) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge August 2010) - pic by Nigel Key Mute Swan (WWT Slimbridge August 2010) - pic by Nigel Key
04/06/10 22/08/10 22/08/10
Photos copyright of ©Nigel Key
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Related Links:-


Bewick's Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Black Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Black-Necked Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Coscoroba Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Mute Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Trumpeter Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Whistling Swan - www.slim-bridge.co.uk

Swan Identification - www.slim-bridge.co.uk


You can help to protect wetland habitats in the UK and around the World by becoming a member of the WWT, visit official WWT site for details.





LOCATION

Mute Swan
Breeding Habitat - Europe/Various
British Isles, Northern Europe, South Sweden, Russia, Romania, Asia Minor through to Mongolia.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in breeding grounds, occasionally South to the Mediterranean and South West to Asia.


WWT Slimbridge Location - Mute Swan
Swan Lake - WWT Slimbridge
© Nigel Key Swan Lake (WWT Slimbridge September 2012)

The Mute Swan can be found in Swan Lake, along with the following wildfowl:-
Bewick's Swan
Coot
Greylag Goose
Lesser White-Fronted Goose
Mallard
Tufted Duck
Swan Lake (WWT Slimbridge)


WWT Slimbridge Wildfowl (Listed Alphabetically)
A-B  | C-F  | G-L  | M-R  | S-Z
Wildfowl M to R
Maccoa Duck
Madagascar Teal
Magpie Goose
Magellan Goose
Mallard
Mandarin
Marbled Teal
Moorhen
Muscovy Duck
Mute Swan
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Orinoco Goose
Pacific Black Duck
Patagonian Crested Duck
Philippine Duck
Pink-Eared Duck
Pink-Footed Goose
Plumed Whistling Duck
Pochard
Puna Teal
Radjah Shelduck
Red-Billed Teal
Red-Breasted Goose
Red-Crowned Crane
Red-Crested Pochard
Redhead
Red Shoveler
Ring-Necked Duck
Ringed Teal
Ross's Goose
Rosybill
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy-Headed Goose
Ruddy Shelduck