Differences between Mute Swans, Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swans

Differences between Mute Swans, Trumpeter Swans and Tundra Swans

(Cygnus buccinator) is the heaviest bird native to North America
To identify the difference between the Mute Swan and the trumpeter Swan just look at their bills. The Black billed Trumpeter Swan is protected but the orange billed Mute Swan is not protected in North America-United States, Canada & Mexico.

For those of you in the nuisance wildlife control business and you are asked to remove swans make sure  you can tell the difference between the native Trumpeter
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) Non Native and is not protected in North America.
Swan and the non native to North America species the Mute Swan which is not protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

You need a Federal USFS permit for the NATIVE TRUMPETER SWAN but the NON NATIVE MUTE SWAN is not protected in North America.

Mute Swan Removal is dangerous work. The mute swan is scarcely smaller then the trumpeter swan  and is a very large water fowl . This bird has been known to attack boats, boaters, children.

Last year, an operator doing Canada goose hazing was killed by his mute swans. He had placed them in a pond for goose management and they were not doing the job. Went into the pond to chase the geese with a kayak, swans attacked and held him under until he drowned. I believe this was in the Chicago area.


Never recommend mute swans to get rid of Canada Geese. Mute swans bring all the other problems common to  the Canada Goose and then adds a very aggressive flock capable of killing humans. 

Why Are Mute Swans a Problem?
There are three primary issues with mute swans: threat to humans, danger to native wildlife and destruction of wetland habitat.
To earn more about the Mute Swan please Visit Michigan DNR Site http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10370_12145_59132_59333-263418--,00.html#prob

Frequently Asked Questions About Mute Swans

Are mute swans invasive, non-native, or both?

Both. Mute swans are not native to Michigan, or to North America. They were brought to this country from Europe. Mute swans were introduced to this continent in the mid-1800s to adorn city parks and large estates. It is widely thought that all North American mute swan populations originated from the release or escape of individuals from these early captive flocks.
Mute swans are invasive because they are non-native species that have become established and spread rapidly, causing negative impacts such as competition with native wildlife, displacement of native species and degradation of wetland habitat.
Where are mute swans from?

Mute swans were brought to the United States from Europe in the late 1800s. Mute swans that escaped from captivity have established populations in a number of states. The mute swan population in Michigan originated from one pair introduced in Charlevoix County in 1919.

Where are feral mute swans found in the US today?