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The swans are the largest members of the duck family Anatidae, and are amongst the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the mute swan, trumpeter swan, and whooper swan, can reach length of over 1.5 meters and weigh over 15 kg. Their wingspans can be almost 3 meters. Compared to the closely related geese they are much larger in size and have proportionally larger feet and necks. They also have a patch of unfeathered skin between the eyes and bill in adults. The sexes are alike in plumage, but males are generally bigger and heavier than females.


Mute Swans

Mute Swans

The scientific name for the mute swan is Cygnus Olor . Mute swans are very large, long necked waterfowl. Mute swans have an orange bill with a black knob at the base. The neck of a mute swan is often held in an S shape.

Mute swans live in ponds, lakes and parks. The mute swan is an Old World species that was introduced into North America. The mute swan is mostly found on the east coast and great lakes.

Mute swans will hiss, in an effort to protect themselves and their young. Mute swans also have very powerful bills.

Mute swans eat aquatic plants, indigenous to their habitat.

Like other swans the mute swan breeds near water. Mute swans build a large nest with plant materials and typically lay 4-6 eggs at a time. The female mute swan keeps teh eggs warm and the eggs are hatched 34-38 days. The young swans will often leave their nest but remain close to their parents for 4 months.

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