The Mute Swan is not mute. It is called that because it is less vocal than other types of swans. The Mute Swan is native to Europe and Asia. It does well around human activity as evidenced by this pair. They were near the coffee shop we stopped at to warm up yesterday on our bike ride. It is a very big bird! Swans are used as park birds, and escapees have formed breeding populations in North America. They are found in over 70 countries and have an estimated population in the hundreds of thousands in Europe.