A white Swan

Well, that doesn’t sound like something special: a white swan. But as you know, the young mute swans are normally gray. Sometimes there comes a white individual with the gray ones. Only recently I read, that these “white swans” are more likely to be harassed by their siblings and therefor often don’t make it to adulthood. What a coincidence that I have just read about this and then see a swan family with a “mixed” brood in Hamburg, Germany. Happily, this white chick seems to do quite well.

I and the Bird

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~ by Natalie on September 26, 2010.

4 Responses to “A white Swan”

  1. Very interesting and cool! Great shot. 🙂

  2. A very interesting observation Natalie. I didn’t know this about Mute Swans but I read at Cornell’s “All About Birds” that the cygnets, as the downy young are called, come in two morphs, gray and white. When they become adults, they look the same, however the white morph may have pink or gray legs and feet instead of black!

    • Thanks Larry for the extra information. I didn’t know about that Cornell of O’s link – that’s very nice, too.

  3. Wow, I’ve never seen that. How interesting! Coincidentally I also had a post about Mute Swans recently. We have a non-native population here in the Midwest (and elsewhere in the USA) descended from escapees. http://www.magnificentfrigatebird.com/blog/some-things-you-might-not-know-about-mute-swans/

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