Name: Mute Swan
Scientific name: Cygnus olor
Nature Stars: 20
About: The Mute Swan is one of the most familiar birds in Britain, a very large white bird with a long curved neck. Mute Swans feed on plants, particularly water weed. Swans mate for life.
How to identify: The only common swan in most places, recognised by its reddish-orange bill with large black 'knob'.
Where: A common bird on ponds and lakes throughout the country.
Fantastic fact: A female swan is known as a 'pen', a male is a 'cob'.
Photograph credit: Ian Rose