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:-
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.
Rivers, Lakes, Ponds, Canals and Parks.
Aquatic Plants, Oilseed Rape, Wheat, Sedges, Pond Weed, Insect Larvae, small Fish, tadpole and Grasses.
Late April to May.
Built as a large mound shaped nest from plant material off the ground near water.
Quantity: 4 to 7
Average size: 115mm x 75mm