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Mute swans were introduced to the northeastern United States in the late 19th century from Western Europe.  The majority of the introductions occurred on Long Island and in the Hudson Valley area of New York State. 
Breeding Pair(3yr+): $1550
Juvenile Pair(1yr+): $800
Cygnets 5weeks (unsexed): $250 each

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BREED DETAILS- MUTE SWAN -(cygnus olor)
  • Identification: 
  • With their distinctive white plumage, mute swans are one of the largest waterfowl in North America weighing up to 13kg.   Adults grow to 1.50m in length with wingspans up to 2.4m.  Their orange beak with the black basal knob and terminal nail distinguishes mute swans from all other species of swans.  Mute swans have webbed feet that range in color from black to grey-pink.  While swimming, the birds hold their necks in a characteristic “S” shaped curve.  Juvenile mute swans, or cygnets, have grey or white colored down.  Their grey or tan beaks lack the characteristic basal knob of the adults.  As their name suggests, mute swans are generally silent.  They lack the loud discernable calls often characteristic of other bird species. 
    • The few sounds made by the mute swans can only be heard from a short distance and include puppy-like barking noises, hissing sounds and high-pitched whistles.  On the contrary, the bird’s wing beating behavior during flight can be heard over very long distances.Original Distribution:  The original breeding grounds of the mute swan are in the British Isles, northern Europe and north central Asia.  Since they are a status symbol in European cultures, mute swans have been domesticated in Western Europe since the 12th century.  In their native land, the birds migrate to their wintering grounds in North Africa, the Near East, northwest India and Kore
    • Mute swans breed in the British Isles, north central Europe and north central Asia. They winter as far south as North Africa, the Near East, and to northwest India and Korea. They have been successfully introduced in North America, where they are a widespread species and permanent residents in many areas.Mute swans are large birds, measuring 144 to 158 cm. The wingspan is 2 to 2.5 meters. The two sexes are alike in appearance, except that males are generally larger than females. The plumage is white. They are best distinguished from North American swans by the knob at the base of the upper bill, and the color of the bill itself, which is orange, with the tip and base colored black. The head and neck may sometimes be stained brown from water and mud containing iron.Range length : 144 to 158 cmBreeding season: Breeding begins in March and April with 5-12 clutch of eggs per season Range time to hatching  to 38 daysDiete:  insects,mollusks,aquatic or marine worms,leaves,roots and tubers,algea etc