Mute Swans – Wildlife in 360 VR
A bevy, or group of mute swans, float up and down a stream foraging for food and communicating with one another.
Mute swans are some of the more aggressive waterfowl species and they often make hissing, grunting, and snorting noises, especially when communicating with younger swans, or cygnets. They are highly protective of their territory and offspring, and will often hiss when being threatened. If warning calls to not deter intruders, then mute swans can attack using tiny bone spurs found in their wings.
The mute swan is a species of swan and a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Eurosiberia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is an introduced species in North America – home to the largest populations outside of its native range – with additional smaller introductions in Australasia and southern Africa.
The name ‘mute' derives from it being less vocal than other swan species. Measuring 125 to 170 cm (49 to 67 in) in length, this large swan is wholly white in plumage with an orange beak bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob atop the beak, which is larger in males.