09 November, 2009

Mute Swan

Scientific Name: Cygnus olor

Population Estimate: 600K

Range / Habitat: Found on inland wetlands in temperate areas of Europe across western Asia, as far east as the Russian Maritimes. Partially migratory throughout northern latitudes in Europe and Asia, as far south as north Africa and the Mediterranean. Vagrant to Iceland, Bermuda, Japan.

Field Notes: Unmistakable large, white, water bird with orange bill. The juvenile form is mottled brown and white with an all black bill.

Personal Notes: We were lucky enough to be visiting the Isola della Cona reserve near Venice, Italy on a wet windy day when easily a hundred birds were taking refuge.

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