Scientific name: Cygnus olor
Other common names: N/A
The Mute Swan is a large and distinctive white swan which is native to Europe and Asia. The Mute Swan is one of the heaviest flying birds, and is considered to be partially migratory, with swans in certain locations making permanent homes and others making seasonal migrations.
The Mute Swan has long been appreciated for its beauty and grace, and it has been introduced around the world as a captive, decorative bird. Unfortunately, this swan has a voracious appetite for plant material, and is highly territorial and aggressive. Captive swans often escape or are released and can disrupt natural ecosystems that they come to reside in. For this reason, many locations have regulations on the ownership of Mute Swans.
The Mute Swan is a very large white bird standig up to 4 feet tall with an orange beak and a black “mask” over the eyes.
9 - 13.6 kilograms (20 - 30 lbs.)
25 - 30 years
Common ailments of swan are easily prevented with good nutrition and a proper living environment. One such example is bumblefoot. Bumblefoot is when a bird gets sores on their sensitive feet that become infected, possibly leading to a serious bone infection. To prevent this, swans need access to a variety of dry ground cover such as grass and pebbles and daily time in a large pond. If they spend time on an area where the flooring is made of a solid surface such as concrete or wood, they will need rubber mat, logs, and other perches to stand on. Your avian veterinarian will also help you learn how to prevent and treat any illnesses common to swans.
Behavior / temperament:
Although the Mute Swan easily learns who feeds them, they are not usually known to be a sweet pet. When males are protecting their mate and young they are hostile and dangerous. They will chase down intruders; during breeding season any living being may be seen as an intruder. Their bites and wing slaps can cause serious bruising to any human who dares to venture close enough.
To house a bird as large as the Mute Swan you will need a large yard and large pond. The pond should have a depth of at least 3 feet. Natural shrubs and plants or a sheltered area will be needed to protect them from the elements.
Keeping a Mute Swan well fed is not cheap. In the wild they eat several pounds of aquatic vegetation, un-ripened seeds, and young plants daily. A healthy diet for your pet Mute Swan would include a waterfowl maintenance pellet that is thrown into the water or served soaked in a bowl. They can also be fed natural water plants such as duck weed, alfalfa, and fresh greens. They should have access to fresh clean water at all times.
Written by Elaine Radford
cygnets, beautiful creatures, farm
aggressive species, reputation, mean temperament, fecal matter
aquatic vegetation, massive wing span
Pat and Pat The Swan Family
When my family took over the farm from my great grandfather these birds had already taken up living on a little pond on the property. They were quiet and mostly minded their own business. I know they have a reputation for being very territorial, but this pair didn't seem to mind us going about our business around them. The only time I remember them attacking anyone was when they had cygnets and one of my cousins decided he wanted one. He paid in blood for trying to steal one of the babies..
From PaulS Mar 6 2014 7:47AM
The swan pair
It was around the end of July. Me and my family were at our lake having a picnic when we noticed these two grey goslings coming towards us. they were so bold and came straight to us roaming around one of our picnic baskets. They stayed around for the whole picnic and I happily played with them, and when it was time for us to leave, they wouldn't go away still, so we decided to take them home. They were walking around the yard all day, and they didn't need special care. It took us a whole month until we relaised that the goslings were in fact mute swans. It was a nice experience having them home, even if the next year we set them free and they happily joined their mute swan pals..
From KittyPaws Jan 7 2016 9:11AM
Swans, not as pretty on the inside as they are on the outside
I remember when our swans came in. A female and male, they were quite smitten with each other early on, that was easy to see. Swans are beautiful creatures, but they have a mean temperament most people are not aware of. The mute swan is one of the world’s most aggressive species of waterfowl. If you get too close swans will defend themselves with their massive wing span. Capable of hitting hard enough to bruise and cause serious damage, it will make you think twice before trying to pet one.Their care is not easy either, most swans eat SAV (submerged aquatic vegetation) however, if not available they will eat big quantities of chicken feed mixed in with water. If you have a pool make a point of having it fence away, once a swan gets in, it will take the better part of the day to get it out. Not to mention all the fecal matter and general grossness they'll leave in your pool to clean up. I would not recommend a swan as a family pet but an adult with foreknowledge of what it takes to keep one happy, a swan is a beautiful animal to have in big open space, outside..
From Luskca Aug 26 2012 2:04PM