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Mute Swan

Cygnus olor
Order: Anseriformes

Family: Anatidae

Genus:  Cygnus

Species: C. olor
Adult Male and Female
General distribution:
Resident bird in most of central Europe. The Mute Swan can gather into large flocks during the Winter.

The Mute Swan is a large bird, known for being tame but also aggressive when feeling threatened. Adults frequently attack dogs and humans if the nest is approached.
Frequents park lakes and ponds, slow moving rivers and sheltered estuaries. Often very tame taking food from visitors. In Winter it can often be seen 'grazing' in small flocks on farmland.
Identifying a Mute Swan

*Black Facial knob

* key ID points

Reddish-Orange bill

Identifying a Juvenile Mute Swan
Adult and Male and Female Mute Swan.
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All White plumage

The adult Mute Swan is a large familiar bird, all white with a reddish-orange bill and a long, often arched neck. The Male bird has a large Black facial knob above the bill, the female has a smaller facial knob but it is still a distinctive feature.

Long thick neck
The Juvenile Mute Swan has a Brownish body and a grey bill with Black edging. As the Juvenile gets older it gradually becomes paler, eventually becoming all white by it's second Winter.
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*Wings often held up and arched

Thanks to: Bryan's bird pics
Thanks to: Bryan's bird pics