Mute Swan

Mute Swan

There is a hump at the base of the beak.

Characteristics

A large waterfowl with a total length of 150 cm. It has a round, black knob at the base of its flesh-colored orange beak. A triangular black feather extends from the beak to the eyes. It has a long neck that bends freely to care for its wings. The legs are black, almost lead-colored.

The English name is "Mute" because it does not sing very often, but it seems that it does not sing at all.

The individuals seen in Japan were introduced for the purpose of breeding and are an alien species. No serious damage has been confirmed, but competition with other waterfowl is a concern.

Picture of Mute Swan

Ecology

Inhabits ponds and lakes, and mainly eats aquatic plants such as Japanese rice, as well as insects and seeds. Build a nest in the grass near the water and reproduce. Chicks have either gray or white plumage, and this difference is genetic, not sex-specific.

Habitat

I photographed a couple prowling near the pier on the shore of Lake Yamanaka. It looked like it was waiting for humans to feed it while eating the aquatic plants near the surface of the water. He was quite familiar with people, and he didn't seem to mind even if the lens was pointed at him. It was manipulating its long neck to care for its feathers. What do you think when you see a swan boat?

Pictures

Introducing a picture of Mute Swan.

Picture of Mute Swan1|There is a black bump on the orange beak.
There is a black bump on the orange beak.
Picture of Mute Swan2|Total length is 150cm.
Total length is 150cm.
Picture of Mute Swan3|Eating aquatic plants on the surface of the water.
Eating aquatic plants on the surface of the water.
Picture of Mute Swan4|They were in pairs.
They were in pairs.
Picture of Mute Swan5|Feet are lead colored.
Feet are lead colored.
Picture of Mute Swan6|This is the face seen from the front.
This is the face seen from the front.
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