home

Cygnus olor - Mute Swan

Phylum: Chordata - Class: Aves - Order: Anseriformes - Family: Anatidae

Cygnus olor, Mute Swan

The Mute Swan has a deep orange bill. This feature distinguishes it from the truly wild Whooper and Bewick Swans that visit parts of the east and north of Britain in winter; their bills are yellow with distinctive black markings.

Water plants and aquatic insects are the main food of these semi-domesticated swans; they have been known to denude stretches of chalk streams of their water-crowfoot (Ranunculus fluitans and related species). In many places they have become quite accustomed to accepting bread and other food scraps.

Young cygnets, Slovenia

Mute Swans make nests of vegetation and down in reedy margins. In April they produce between five and twelve cygnets; swans are very good parents.

Mute Swans

The cygnet in this picture is almost fully grown.

Sue Parker's new ebook is a comprehensive and fully revised edition of her acclaimed field guide to the Wild Orchids of Wales. Full details here...

Buy it for just £5.95 on Amazon...

Sue Parker's 5-star acclaimed field guide to the Wild Orchids of the Algarve is now available as an ebook. Full details here...

Buy it for just £5.95 on Amazon...


Please Help Us: If you have found this information interesting and useful, please consider helping to keep First Nature online by making a small donation towards the web hosting and internet costs.

Any donations over and above the essential running costs will help support the conservation work of Plantlife, the Rivers Trust and charitable botanic gardens - as do author royalties and publisher proceeds from books by Pat and Sue.

© 1995 - 2024 First Nature: a not-for-profit volunteer-run resource

Please help to keep this free resource online...

Terms of use - Privacy policy - Disable cookies - Links policy