Swan / Schwan

The mute swan (Cygnus olor) is a species of birds that belongs within the duck birds (Anatidae) to the genus of swans (Cygnus) and the subfamily of geese (Anserinae). As a semi-domesticated bird, it is now native to wide areas of Central Europe. He prefers lakes, park and fish ponds, shallow bays and, in winter, open rivers. Swans have few predators in Central Europe. Mute swans are among the huntable animals in Germany and every year several thousand are shot. Stock regulation is a result of the pronounced territoriality of the swans during the breeding season as well as losses during severe winter months.