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Mute Swan

A mute swam swimming on a lake. The swan is white. Its beak is bright orange and is outlined in black. A patch of the black outline connects to the bird's black eyes.

Other names: Mute swan, Cygnus olor

Where did it come from?

Mute swans are native to Europe and were brought to North America to decorate urban parks.

Why is it invasive?

These birds are highly aggressive and will chase both humans and native birds. In addition, they out compete native birds for food resources with their voracious appetite.

How do you prevent its spread?

These swans are still intentionally released in many areas. Support efforts to choose native swans for parks instead of mute swans.


Mute Swan: ID and biology

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Image credit: Hal Trachtenberg