Mute Swan bird information
Mute swan bird is a huge, familiar white waterbird found on all types of freshwater; also occurs on estuaries and occasionally the sea. Adult completely white with legs black; bill orange with a large black knob at the base. Juvenile mute swan bird has grey-buff with a grey bill. These birds can Swim easily and walk with a rolling gait. At all times holds the neck in gentle ‘S’ shape. Flies with noisy wingbeats after laborious pattering take-off over water.
Status: These birds are widespread and numerous residents throughout lowland Britain; gathers in substantial flocks outside the breeding season. Sometimes nests in colonies.
Similar Species: Bewick’s Swan and Whooper Swan are winter visitors that often join Mute Swan flocks. Both have black and yellow bills and noisy calls in flight.
Mute Swan bird’s facts
|Size||145-160 cm (63 in)|
|Habitat||freshwater, estuaries, fields|
|Behavior||swims, up-ends, walks, takes off and lands on water|
|Flocking||1-30, exceptionally several hundred|
|Voice||various hisses and grunts of aggression during the breeding season; silent in flight|
|Tail||white; short and square|
|Bill||black with yellow base; duck-like|
|Juvenile||brownish grey, pinking bill|
Breeding and Nesting
|Nest||huge mound of vegetation|
|Eggs||4; creamy white|
|Food||grass; grain, roots|