Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
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Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)

General Description: Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) are large, sexually monomorphic domestic waterbirds. In adults, the entire body is white, and the bill is black at the base and the rest is orange. There is a black knob on the forehead. In juveniles, the body is gray, turning white with age, and the bill is pinkish with black at the base. The nasal cavity also looks like a black mark on the bill.

Favored Habitat: Urban ponds.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), juveniles

Where to Find: Around Las Vegas, two can be found in the Overton Wildlife Management Area. Others can probably be found on private property around Las Vegas.

Comments: These domestic waterfowl were probably released at Overton as juveniles during the winter of 2006-2007.

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Note black facial skin and black knob on the bill.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Mute Swan adult.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), juvenile Mute Swan juveniles.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor), juvenile Mute Swans in the Overton Wildlife Management Area.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Mute Swans.
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Mute Swans.

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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