Schleich Farm World White Swan with Cygnets
Mute swans rank among the largest birds able to fly. Occasionally, the mute swan mother takes her chicks on her back to protect them.
- Binomial name: Cygnus olor
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- Primary Habitat: Domesticated
Mute swans really know how to defend themselves. During breeding season, one should not get too close to them.
With a span of up to 2.40 metres and a weight of up to 13 kilograms, mute swans rank among the largest birds able to fly. These birds, with bright-white feathers, owe their name to the fact that they are less vocal than other swan species. As part of their rearing behaviour, at times the female mute swan takes her chicks on her back in order to protect them.