Daily Archive for January 2nd, 2015

Bird of the Month – The Mute Swan

The Mute Swan – Iċ-Ċinju

The Mute Swan is a beautiful large bird that is native to much of Europe and Asia, and the far north of Africa. The name ‘mute’ derives from it being less noisy than other types of swans Measuring 125 to 170 centimetres this large swan is all white in plumage with an orange bill bordered with black. It is recognisable by its pronounced knob on the bill. Mute Swans nest on large mounds that they build with waterside leaves and branches in shallow water on islands in the middle or at the very edge of a lake. They often reuse the same nest each year, restoring or rebuilding it as needed. Although this bird can be tame, especially to those who feed it daily, it is aggressive in defence of its nest, and its size and impressive hissing make it a formidable adversary for animals as large as a fox.

Very Rare. Recorded from time to time in winter, especially when its a really cold winter in europe. Some records are of small flocks. From a flock of 9 swans which entered Saint Thomas Bay, Marsascala, on 20th January 2002, 7 where massacred by poachers infront of many people.