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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)



Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

Class: Aves
Family: Anatidae
Common Name: Mute Swan
Genus: Cygnus
Species Name: olor

About The Mute Swan

The mute swan feeds chiefly on submerged aquatic vegetation, which is obtained by upending (tipping head first into the water, so that the tail remains visible above the surface) (4). It also feeds in fields on young cereal crops (8), spilt grain (4), and on artificial food sources, such as bread given by the public (3). Territorial disputes may result in aggressive fights between males, in which they rush at one another and slide along the surface of the water (2). Pairs typically nest solitarily, although semi-domesticated birds may nest in large colonies (6) (notably at Abbotsbury in Dorset) (8). The cone-shaped nest is built at the edge of the water, and may be used in subsequent years by the same pair (4). After mid-April, between 5 and 7 (up to 12) whitish or pale blue eggs are laid. They are incubated, mainly by the female, for 35-42 days; the young, known as 'cygnets', leave the nest soon after hatching (4). Both parents take care of the cygnets for an extended period, often until the next breeding season (4).

Rights Holder: Wildscreen

Trips Where Observed

Around The World in 66 Days
Indonesia
Newfoundland
San Francisco 2007
Svalbard, Canary Islands, and Spain

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Sites Where Observed

Location
Date
Notes
4/28/2007
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Do park swans count as wild?
6/14/2007
Three of the birds, in particular, flew past me with all black beaks.
6/14/2007
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Very common in Southern New Jersey.
3/4/2013
Seen in a pond a couple of miles from the refuge
3/17/2015

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