Mute Swan

Mute Swan

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Swans are the largest extant members of the waterfowl family, Anatidae. The largest living species, including the mute swan (shown in the picture to the right), can reach a length of over 1.5m and weigh over 15 kg.


Per nest, mute swans lay from 4 to 10 eggs. Female mute swans brood for about 36 days. The eggs hatch somewhere between May and July.


Mute swans can be found almost everywhere in the world. They can be found in Europa, Asia, and North America.


Swans are migratory birds, meaning they will fly to warmer parts of the world during the winter, mostly around the Mediterranean. But they have also been observed in Northern Africa during the winter.


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Swan sitting in the water
A Mute Swan

Latin Name: Cygnus olor

Food: algae, pondweed, waterweed, muskgrass, coontail, wild celery, wild rice, small insects

Conservation Status

Conservation Status: Least Concern
Least Concern

Fun Facts about the mute swan

How do I do this? The young swans only learn to fly once they are 120 to 150 days old.

Royalty. The Mute Swan is the national bird of the Kingdom of Denmark!

What do you call them? A group of swans has many names, including “ballet,” “bevy,” “drift,” “regatta,” and “school” of swans.

More Images of mute swans

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Swan diving for food

Young Swan


Wikipedia. (2022, September 20). Swan. Wikipedia. Retrieved September 21, 2022, from (n.d.). Swan Retrieved September 21, 2022, from

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