60 inches long with a wingspan of 83 inches. The Mute Swan us a huge all-white bird with a long neck, reddish-orange bill, and black face. Adults have a black knob on top of the bill. Immatures are dusky brown with a gray bill.
The Mute Swan is a rare but increasing visitor to Omaha area lakes.
Most Mute Swans are captive birds kept at zoos and other public areas with ponds or lakes. Most past sightings of this bird were of birds that had escaped from captivity. However, the range of wild birds is expanding, and more and more sightings of this bird will in fact be wild birds. It is difficult to determine if a Mute Swan sighting is actually a captive bird or a wild bird.
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