Mute Swan: Dr J Murray Speirs

Mute swan

Mute Swans have been introduced from the Old World and are now breeding in several cattail marshes in southern Ontario.

Mute Swan

They build massive nesting platforms with a ramp leading down to the water.

Mute Swan

This is a large swan that carries its head on an S-shaped neck and in the adult has an orange bill with a conspicuous knob on it: on the immatures the black knob is missing and the bill is grayish purple.

Mute Swans

Some cygnets have white down and others gray (even in the same family); they accompany the adults for several months.

Mute Swan family

Mute Swan

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