MUTE SWAN

Cygnus olor

  • Common name:
    MUTE SWAN

    Scientific name:
    Cygnus olor

    Class:
    Birds

    Order:
    Anseriformi

    Family:
    Anatidae

    Provenance:
    Central Europe

    Diet:
    seafood – shellfish – seeds

    Habitat:
    shallow lakes, reservoirs

    Reproduction:
    spawn: 4-8 – Incubation: 36 days

  • The Mute Swan is also known as Royal Swan, because in the past its hunt was an exclusive privilege of kings. It is domestically or semi-domestically bred in pools of villas and castles.

    Its plumage is pure white and its beak is orange with a black protuberance at the base. The wind gap can surpass 2 meters. While flying, it has got an imposing bearing.

    Their nest is generally placed in rushes or on islets. In the period between April and May, the female lay 4-8 eggs and brood them for about 40 days. At the moment of their birth, baby birds are grey feathered, and become white at a later stage.