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This sleeping beauty may well go through an ugly duckling stage on his or her way to becoming one of the most elegant and recognisable of British wild birds. Our only resident breeding swan, mute swans make devoted parents and often let their cygnets hitch a ride on their backs – as shown by the picture!
The largest of our swans, the mute is so called because it is not as vocal as other swan species – although it does in fact have a range of calls and will hiss loudly if threatened. The phrase ‘swan song’ supposedly arose from a legend about the mute swan. It was believed that the mute was completely silent throughout its life but would sing one poignantly soulful song just before it died.
Swans are revered by many cultures, frequently featuring in myths, fairytales and folklore. Celtic goddesses were often said to take the form of swans, as did the god Zeus in the Greek myth of Leda and the Swan. The union between Zeus, as a swan, and Leda the Queen of Sparta was said to have produced the notoriously beautiful Helen of Troy.