I walked out my back door and this is what I walked into..lol..they eventually fought..but love was in the air..what a great way to start my day :)))) Oct-12-11..Sunrise On Lake Ontario, Etobicoke..Canon 550D
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.
Though they’re called Mute Swans, they are not mute at all. However, they earn this name due to their calls being quiet and not carrying very far. Their flapping wings make a singing sound when they’re in flight. During breeding season the male Mute Swan’s bill swells and becomes noticeably larger than the female’s. Just like the Trumpeter Swan and the Tundra Swan, they’re said to mate for life, but this is not always the case in Mute Swans. Some have been observed to have as many as four mates, or even “divorce” one mate in favour of another. In case of the death of a partner, they will find another partner. The cygnets (baby swans) have two color morphs: a gray form and a white form. As adults they look alike, though the ones of the white morph may have pink or gray legs and feet instead of black.