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Mute Swan

Cygnis Olor


Large Swan with reddish-orange bill and distinctive black knob at the base of the bill. Juvenile is greyish-brown overall; has grey bill with black at base


While a common resident of Europe, and breeds sparsely from Caspian Sea to Mongolia, it was introduced to Japan in parks and gardens with escaped birds breeding freely.


Saw this swan hanging around the moat of Himeji Castle (near the castle gardens). As there is only one official record of a wild bird of this species in Japan (1933 on Hachijo-jima), this is likely a descendant of some the escaped birds in Japan.

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高砂市 (Takasago), Japan

Spotted on Sep 18, 2011
Submitted on Sep 26, 2011

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