Nature Journal
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Mute Swan Identification Tips
(Credit: U. S. Geological Survey)
 
 
General Information
- Large, long-necked waterbird with short legs and
   a short duck-like bill
- Long neck held in distinctive "S" curve at rest

Adult
- Orange bill with black base, lores and knob above bill
- Black legs and feet
- Entirely white plumage
- Fluffy back feathers
- Female has smaller bill knob
- Sexes similar

Similar species

Adult easily separated from other swans and geese by its orange bill and black knob above bill.
 
 
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