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About the Mute Swan

Also known as: White Swan

The Mute Swan is a large species of swan native to much of Europe and Asia. They are recognizable with totally white plumage and a bright orange bill bordered in black with a black knob on top.

While not completely silent, Mute Swans are typically less vocal than other swan species, giving them their common name.

Although native to the Old World, introduced populations of Mute Swans exist elsewhere in the world, including Australia and the United States.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 07 December 2010
Scientific Name Cygnus olor
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. olor
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 26 September 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
60 inches
75 inches
352 ounces
Range West Europe East Europe North Europe South Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia South Asia North Africa

International Names

  • labuť velká (Czech)
  • Knopsvane (Danish)
  • Knobbel zwaan (Dutch)
  • kyhmyjoutsen (Finnish)
  • Cygne tuberculé (French)
  • Höckerschwan (German)
  • Cigno reale (Italian)
  • コブハクチョウ (kobuhakuchou) (Japanese)
  • 흑고니 (Korean)
  • Knoppsvane (Norwegian)
  • łabędź niemy (Polish)
  • Лебедь-Шипут (Russian)
  • Cisne Vulgar (Spanish)
  • Knölsvan (Swedish)

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