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Mute Swan (not Trumpeter as I thought)

The Mute Swan is smaller than the Trumpeter Swan, but larger than the Tundra Swan. Unlike the other two species, it has an orange bill and a black face. The S-shape of its long neck is more defined than that of the other two species. Their wings are also more raised and their bill is pointing downwards as they swim, which gives them a more majestic look. Their size is between 127 - 152 cm (50 - 60 inches), with a wingspan of between 208 - 238 cm (82 - 94 inches), and a weight of 5,500 - 14,300 g (194.15 - 504.79 ounces). The male (cob) is slightly larger than the female (pen), and has a larger knob on its bill.

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Taken on December 28, 2009