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Re: Cygnet white since birth
By:The Regal Swan
Date: 10 August 2013
In Response To: Cygnet white since birth (Charlotte)

Hi Charlotte:

Yes, this is normal and is known as the leucistic color variation. This is a genetic anomaly that does not lead to any negative health problems.

In Mute Swans (all mute swans are mute swans), but swan keepers and specialists refer to the normal coloration (reddish orange beak, black legs and taupe colored cygnets) as Royal Mutes. The leucistic coloration (white cygnets, orange beaks and lighter colored feet) is known as the Polish Mute. Centuries ago, someone in eastern Europe tried to inbreed an albino swans which did not occur. Instead, the whiter version (leucistic) was achieved.

This coloration may never show up in swan parents or it may occur frequently, not as frequently or only once. There is no rhyme or reason when it occurs. We hope this information is of benefit to you. The Regal Swan

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Cygnet white since birth -- Charlotte -- 9 August 2013
Re: Cygnet white since birth -- The Regal Swan -- 10 August 2013