The Mute Swan is not mute but is less vocal than other swans. A large, white swan, it is distinguishable by its red/orange bill with a black knob on top.
Native to Eurasia, it is one of the heaviest flying birds with females at some 15kg; the American Trumpeter swan is larger, but the Mute swan holds the record for being heaviest at 23kg.
Mute swan head
Shouldn't have eaten that vindaloo last night
The most majestic waterbird (but you know what they say about calm above but paddling furiously below water)
Cygnet (young swan) plumage on the turn to adulthood (for more cygnets, see link below)
Comparison of swan's heads: click for link to other swans
(yellow extends to nostril)
(smaller, less yellow, more black)
(North American) can have more yellow on beak or can have all black beak like the Trumpeter
(South American) - more like a