Mute Swan
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The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of swan and a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae. It is native to much of Europe and Asia, and (as a rare winter visitor) the far north of Africa. It is an introduced species in North America, 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. [from wikipedia]
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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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Safari West, Costa Rica, California
(Photo posted Friday 6 March 2009)
(Photo taken 09:37:40 Saturday 21 February, 2009)
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The swan external link may look graceful and elegant, but his raised wings actually tell onlookers that this is his territory and don't even think about coming any closer.
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Mute Swan struck mute by mutable beauty
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(2007) Trebes, France
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Mute Swan struck mute by mutable beauty


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