'DID YOU KNOW THAT' the Mute Swan is native to the temperate areas of Europe and across western Asia? They breed in the British Isles, north central Europe and north central Asia. They migrate south to winter as far south as North Africa, the Near East and to northwest India and Korea. Adults typically range from 140 to 160 cm (55 to 63 in) long, although they can range in extreme cases from 125 to 170 cm (49 to 67 in), with a 200 to 240 cm (79 to 94 in) wingspan. Males (known as cobs) are larger than females and have a larger knob on their bill. They have a weight range of 9.2–14.3 kg (20–32 lb) while the slightly smaller females (known as pens) average about 8.5 to 9.67 kg (18.7 to 21.3 lb). They feed on a wide range of vegetation, both submerged aquatic plants which they reach with their long necks and by grazing on land. Their food commonly includes agricultural crop plants such as oilseed rape and wheat. Mute Swans will also eat insects, fish and frogs.
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