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Mute Swan

(Cygnus olor)
German name(s): "Höckerschwan", "Schwan"
Size: 1.25-1.7 m; wing span 2.0-2.4 m
Weight: 9.2-14.3 kg (male), 7.6-10.6 kg (female)
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Mute Swan at Wikipedia (or see Höckerschwan ).

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Close-up frontal view of a male Mute Swan; note the knob atop the bill
[River Rhein, Eltville, Hessen, June 2010]

Near-frontal view of a male Mute Swan
[River Rhein, Eltville, Hessen, June 2010]

Close-up near-lateral view of a male Mute Swan (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Schierstein, Rheingau, Germany, March 2013]

Lateral view of a male Mute Swan; note the pronounced knob (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Lateral view of a male Mute Swan in an urban park
[Wassenaar, The Netherlands, 1998]

FEMALE

Lateral portrait of a female Mute Swan; a male's knob is larger
[River Rhein, Eltville, Hessen, June 2010]

Close-up lateral view of a female Mute Swan (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, April 2016]

Female Mute Swan with two juveniles (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Dorsal view of an immature Mute Swans (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Walluf, Hessen, Germany, October 2016]

Lateral view of 5 juvenile Mute Swans (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Near-frontal view of two juvenile Mute Swans (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Family of Mute Swans with 7 juveniles on a lake (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Lake Ros, Masurias, Poland, August 2014]

Frontal view of a Mute Swan cygnet
[River Lahn, Hessen, June 2010]

Near-lateral view of a Mute Swan cygnet
[River Lahn, Hessen, June 2010]

Near-lateral view of a preening Mute Swan cygnet
[River Lahn, Hessen, June 2010]

Family of Mute Swans with small cygnets
[River Lahn, Hessen, June 2010]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Mar - Jun(?) Eggs: 4 - 7 Incubation period: 34 - 45 days Fledging age: 120 - 150 days

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Aquatic plants Height above ground: N/A

Mute Swan nest in reeds on a Baltic Sea island (photo courtesy of H. Dahlem-Senger)
[Fehmarn, Germany, April 2016]

Eggs

Size: 113 x 74 mm Colour: Creamy Shape: Ellipsoidal

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