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Mute Swan
Mute Swan
The largest of the swans of Eurasia, justifies its name.
Type: Chordates
Class: Birds
Order: Anseriformes
Family: Duck
Genus: Swans
Species: Swan-hisser
General Settings
  • Its habitat is in the north of Eurasia from the British Isles and southern Scandinavia to the east to the lakes of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Maritime region and China. It has successfully taken root in North America. In South Africa, Australia and New Zealand
  • Body length-180 cm, wingspan-240 cm.
  • Weight – up to 13 kg.
  • They feed on underwater parts of plants: roots, rhizomes and shoots, along with mollusks and crustaceans located on them.
  • Life expectancy-up to 28 years.

The Mute swan is the largest species among all swans and among the entire order of geese.


Social behavior


They live in pairs, families, sometimes in packs. At the age of four, the birds form lifelong monogamous pairs. Other birds are treated aggressively during the nesting period.


Reproduction


The clutch contains 5-10 olive-green eggs, which are incubated only by the female for about 35 days. The male at this time acts as a guard. The chicks appear sighted, covered with gray-brown down. They become independent closer to five months. Until this time, parents often carry the swans on their backs and warm them with the warmth of their bodies. The male also takes part in the care of the offspring.


Species and people


The swan has long attracted people because of the meat, which was considered a delicacy, and down. The relentless fishing has led to a catastrophic decline in the number of the sibilant swan. And if in nature the bird can be found infrequently, then in the open reservoirs of parks the swan is a graceful color and a favorite. After all, the bird is extremely beautiful and majestic, and, moreover, easily tamed.


Interesting Facts


Since 1984, the swan has been the national bird of Denmark.

The feather cover of the bird has about 25,000 feathers.

Current status in wildlife
  • Not
    evaluated
    NE
  • Data
    deficient
    DD
  • Data
    deficient
    lc
  • near
    threatened
    NT
  • vulnerable
    vu
  • endangered
    en
  • critically
    endangered
    cr
  • extinct
    in the wild
    ew
  • Extinct
    ex
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