Cygnus olor

Mute swan / Knölsvan / Knopsvane - Svane   Play/record song

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) with its 14 kg is the heaviest bird in the Danish fauna. 4000 pairs are breeding here though during wintertime.
Danish waters house 40 % of the North European population at estimated 160.000 birds.
This beautiful bird, by the way our
national bird / state bird since 1984 (after a vote on national TV), suffered near extermination here, with only 4 - 6 pairs left before its preservation in 1926.