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  Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)





Mute Swan | Cygnus olor photo
Mute Swan

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Mute Swan | Cygnus olor photo
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

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Mute Swan | Cygnus olor photo
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), head details

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Mute Swan | Cygnus olor photo
Mute Swans with young cygnets

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MUTE SWAN FACTS

Description
The Mute Swan is native to Europe and Asia and was been introduced to Australia in nineteenth century. It is a large white bird with orange bill with black knob at the base. It can grow to 160 cm long with wing span up to 240 cm. Males are larger than females. Juveniles are greyish brown with paler bill and no knob on bill.

Size
150 cm

Habitat
lakes

Food
plants and small water creatures

Breeding
The nest is a large mounds that of vegetation in shallow water on an islands or at the edge of a lake.

Range
The Mute Swan is native to Europe and Asia and has been introduced to Australia. There is a wild colony on Avon River in Western Australia

distribution map showing range of Cygnus olor in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




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

Relatives in same Genus
  Black Swan (C. atratus)