mute swan

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mute swan

a Eurasian swan, Cygnus olor, with a pure white plumage, an orange-red bill with a black base, and a curved neck

Mute Swan


(Cygnus olor), a bird of the order Anseriformes. The body measures about 1.5 m in length. The plumage of the adult is white, and of the young, gray. The bill is red, except for the knob at the base and the tip, which are black. The mute swan is found sporadically in Europe, Asia Minor, Middle Asia, and Central Asia. In the USSR it is found in Estonia and Lithuania, along the lower courses of the Danube, Dnestr, and Volga rivers, in southwestern Siberia, and in Kazakhstan, Middle Asia, and Transbaikalia. The mute swan inhabits large lakes with reed thickets. It winters on the Mediterranean, Black, and Caspian seas and in Middle Asia. The clutch contains seven to nine eggs, which are incubated for 35 days. The diet consists of aquatic vegetation. The mute swan is a protected species and hunting is prohibited by law. Domesticated mute swans are found in parks.

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A wild juvenile mute swan (Cygnus olor) was presented to a wildlife rescue organization because of beak deformity, dysphagia, and poor body condition (Fig 1).
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I can truthfully say that I did not receive one serious injury from a breeding male or female mute swan, just the odd 'wing-bash' on the legs or buttocks or scratches from their sharp claws which leave life-long white scars - which we always regarded as trophies
The mute swan is now recovering at a local vets, who said she is lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.
The mystery deaths have wiped out 15% of the city's mute swan population of just 200.
They can easily be distinguished from the non-native, invasive mute swan by their dark-colored bills; mute swans have almost entirely orange bills, with black knobs on adult birds.
The Whooper is bigger, only slightly shorter than our ubiquitous Mute swan.
A DECAPITATED mute swan with a rope around its neck was found yesterday.