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Set B1 - British Birds - card information

1. The Mute Swan
(Cygnus olor)

1. The Mute Swan

A stately fowl is the Mute Swan. In snowy plumage, with arched wings, bent neck orange bill and black knob on forehead it looks a royal bird. Its looks do not belie it. An Act of Parliament of the time of Queen Elizabeth I. declared all unmarked swans to be the property of the Crown. However, she gave permission to keep swans and allowed swan marks to be favoured subjects. Certain companies of the City of London still have swans on the Thames.