Mute Swan

Cygnus olor

Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Quick Facts


Scientific name:

Cygnus olor


Ducks, geese and swans

Conservation status:




140cm to 160cm


208cm to 238cm


10g to 12g

About the Mute Swan

The mute swan is an extremely large water bird. They have long, S-shaped necks and orange bills with black colourings. In-flight they extend their necks and have slow but regular wingbeats.

Recently, the UK's population of mute swans have increased - this could be down to better protection of the species. Some of these birds will stay in their territories all year long, whilst others will move short distances and form flocks for the winter months. During colder months, some will arrive in eastern parts of England from Europe.

What does a Mute Swan eat?

Their diets consist of insects, snails and water plants.

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Other birds in the Ducks, geese and swans family

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