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Mute Swan

The mute swan is one of the most familiar swan species.

Grzegorz Burkowski

Swans are familiar and popular waterfowl, and while there are actually only seven species of swans worldwide, they are spread across five continents. These birds are often imported to aviaries, zoos, botanical gardens and estates around the world, making them even more familiar and recognizable, and in many areas, escaped swans can be seen swimming with wild waterfowl. Hybrids are not frequent for most swan species, however, and each species its own distinct characteristics.

Alphabetical List of Swan Species
Sorted by Common Name

* - Considered threatened or vulnerable due to population decreases and growing survival threats (Classifications by BirdLife International)

  • Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
  • Black-Necked Swan (Cygnus melancoryphus)
  • Coscoroba Swan (Coscoroba coscoroba)
  • Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
  • Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
  • Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
  • Whooper Swan (Cygnus cygnus)

Photo – Mute Swan © Grzegorz Burkowski

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