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Mute Swan

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The most common species of swan in the UK, Mute Swans have very large, S-shaped, white bodies, with a large orange bill. Male and female are similar, whereas juveniles (cygnets) are greyish-brown and sit on the mother's back when very young.

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Found in ponds, lakes, and other bodies of water in most of the UK, Mute Swans are often aggressive to people and other animals - often making a hissing sound.