Mute Swan

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 07 December 2010
Scientific Name
Cygnus olor
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Cygnus
  • C. olor
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 5 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
60 inches
75 inches
352 ounces


International Names

Czech (Cesky) labuť velká
Danish (Dansk) Knopsvane
Dutch (Nederlands) Knobbel zwaan
Finnish (Suomi) kyhmyjoutsen
French (Français) Cygne tuberculé
German (Deutsch) Höckerschwan
Italian (Italiano) Cigno reale
Japanese (日本語) コブハクチョウ (kobuhakuchou)
Korean (한국어) 흑고니
Norwegian (Norsk) Knoppsvane
Polish (Polski) łabędź niemy
Russian (русский язык) Лебедь-Шипут
Spanish (Español) Cisne Vulgar
Swedish (Svenska) Knölsvan
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