Mute Swan

Name: Mute Swan

Scientific name: Cygnus olor

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 20

What are nature stars?

About: The Mute Swan is one of the most familiar birds in Britain, a very large white bird with a long curved neck. Mute Swans feed on plants, particularly water weed. Swans mate for life.

How to identify: The only common swan in most places, recognised by its reddish-orange bill with large black 'knob'.

Where: A common bird on ponds and lakes throughout the country.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 10
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 10
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 50

Fantastic fact: A female swan is known as a 'pen', a male is a 'cob'.

Photograph credit: Ian Rose

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