Today I want to write about one of the most beautiful birds in the world, the mute swan.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These elegant looking birds grow up to 1.6 metres long and have a wingspan that is over 2 metres wide. They are the largest bird in Britain.
- Mute swans mate for life and use the same nest every year. Their nest is a large mound of vegetation in shallow water at the edge of a lake. They lay about 4 eggs and the cygnets are unable to fly until they are about 4-5 months old. If they live in cold areas, it’s important that the cygnets learn to fly quickly so that they can migrate to warmer areas before their lake freezes over.
- They are very aggressive at breeding time and will attack anyone who comes close to their nest. At first they hiss a warning, then they attack with a bony spur in their powerful wings and bite with their hard beak.
- They eat a wide range of plants, on land and in water, using their long necks to reach plants under water.
- Mute swans are very common and can be found throughout Europe and central Asia. They have also been introduced to Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and North America.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about mute swans?