Cygnus olor

Common Names: Mute swan
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The name 'mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Adults of this large swan typically range from 55 to 63 inches long with a 79 to 94 inch wingspan. Males are larger than females and have a larger knob on their bill. Young birds, called cygnets, are not the bright white of mature adults, and their bill is dull greyish-black, not orange, for the first year. The down may range from pure white to grey to buff, with grey/buff the most common. The white cygnets have a leucistic gene. All mute swans are white at maturity, though the feathers (particularly on the head and neck) are often stained orange-brown by iron and tannins in the water.

Typically found on pond and lakes, or other bodies of water.

Edible Notes: Swans are edible
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.