Background

The Mute Swan is a large and unmistakable species with a brilliant white plumage and an orange beak. Their neck is held in an “S” shape. Before the bill, they have a distinctive knob on the forehead.

Habitat

The Mute Swan is found throughout Europe, with the primary exception of Spain and Portugal, and in a number of locations across Asia. There are also a few scattered populations in the Northern United States which were introduced from the pre-existing populations. Fresh water is the best place to see these animals, however, they do prefer large lakes and seas.

Diet

The majority of the Mute Swans’ diet consists of aquatic vegetation, but they do in fact feed on small aquatic invertebrates aswell.

Predators & Threats

Due to their large and aggressive nature, this species is not commonly predated on. Weak/ill individuals and juveniles are eaten by a number of animals including raccoons, minks and large birds of prey.

Facts

  • Their wingspan can reach up to 2.5 meters.
  • Mute swans generally mate with the same partner for life.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
 Mute Swan Cygnus olor
Size
 1.5 m
Lifespan
 20 years

Best Time to Look

All year round

Where to find Mute Swan