Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) - HBW 1, p. 577
French: Cygne tuberculé
Spanish: Cisne Vulgar
Taxonomy: Anas Olor Gmelin, 1789, Russia, Sibiria, Persico etiam littore maris Caspii.
Despite its all white plumage, apparently linked more closely to Southern Hemisphere species (C. atratus, C. melanocorypha) than to northern swans. Hybridization with C. atratus recorded in captivity. Monotypic.
Distribution: British Is, C and N Europe E through C Asia to E China. Feral populations in North America, Japan, South Africa, SW Australia and New Zealand.
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VideosSee all 98 videos
Walking on ice, spectacular takeoff. Locality Ostensjovannet, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (Monotypic species)
Per Johan 2 April 2009 5 years ago 1 min 21 sec 4.8
Mommy, keep your balance please! Locality Étang de la Sous, Chérine National Nature Reserve, La Brenne Regional Nature Park, Indre, Centre, France
Natures Garlands 30 May 2013 2 years ago 21 sec 4.6
Pair copulating Locality Ostensjovannet, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (Monotypic species)
Per Johan 2 April 2009 5 years ago 1 min 38 sec 4.6
A pair preening , with four young chicks. Locality Dülmen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Christian Wiesmann 9 July 2011 4 years ago 1 min 26 sec 4.5
A female carrying some cygnets Locality Scotland, Great Britain
Anne Cotton 29 May 2010 6 years ago 35 sec 4.5
An immature preening Locality East Islip, Long Island, New York, USA (United States) (Monotypic species)
Curt Kessler 30 November 2005 10 years ago 25 sec 4.5
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In January Mute swans are already forming a breeding pair and males are displaying with their wings.
Locality Kaunas County, Lithuania
Boris Belchev 14 January 2008 11 weeks ago 4.5
Locality Centro Habitat Mediterraneo, Litorale Romano Nature Reserve, Lazio Region, Italy
Marco Valentini 26 March 2015 1 year ago 4.5
A flying flock of swans
Locality Samsun Province, Turkey
Mustafa Sozen 19 May 2009 1 year ago 4.5
a male defending territory
Locality Villa d'Adda, Lombardy Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 2 March 2014 2 years ago 4.5
Adult in threatening pose to defend territory
Locality Eijsder Beemden Nature Reserve, Oost-Maarland, Limburg Province, Netherlands (Monotypic species)
Peter Vercruijsse 19 October 2009 2 years ago 4.5
A female with the chicks.
Locality Torbiere del Sebino Nature Reserve, Lombardy Region, Italy (Monotypic species)
Pierandrea Brichetti 29 May 1983 2 years ago 4.5