Mute swan getting airborne (c) Andy Berry

Mute swan

Mute swans are a familiar and impressive sight in Britain. Often found on ponds and rivers in parks and other urban areas. By tradition, all mute swans belong to the monarch. They are one of Britain's largest and heaviest birds, with a wingspan of up to 2.4 metres. Male swans are highly territorial and first threaten intruders, striking an aggressive pose with wings arched over their back, before charging at them to chase them off.

Scientific name: Cygnus olor

Rank: Species

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Distribution

Map showing the distribution of the Mute swan taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Mute swan can be found in a number of locations including: Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Mediterranean, United Kingdom, Wales. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

Habitats

The following habitats are found across the Mute swan distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status

Least Concern

  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Year assessed: 2009

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

Characters we've followed

  • The Abbotsbury Swans

    In 2010 Springwatch followed Simon King and his team as they visited a nest of mute swans on the fleet lagoon in Dorset.

BBC News about Mute swan

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