Mute Swan

The Mute Swan is native to much of Eurasia with a total population of about half a million birds. Some 350 000 of these reside in the former USSR. They have also been introduced into North America, Australia and southern Africa.

This bird is recognized by it wholly white body and orange beak bordered in black. There is a pronounced knob on top of the beak.

Mute Swans are the second largest swan after the Tundra Swan. Males have an average weight of 9.2 14.3 kg (20 – 32 lbs) and females an average weight of 8.5 – 9.6 kg (19 – 21 lbs). They are one of the heaviest flying birds.

They feed on a wide variety of vegetation.

Mute Swan @ Safari Niagara

  • Safari Niagara is home to four Mute Swans.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Anatidae
Genus: Cygnus
Species: C. olor

Did you know?

  • Mute Swans were introduced into North America in the late 19th century. A study of populations in the lower Great Lakes between 1971 and 2000 showed their numbers were increasing at a rate of 10% a years. This meant their numbers were doubling every seven years.
  • In 2005, the United States declared them a non-native unprotected species.