Ducks are aquatic birds that can live in both freshwater and saltwater. But what do ducks eat? This post will answer that very question and then tell you a few interesting facts about ducks.
What Do Ducks Eat?
Most ducks feed on a diet of grasses, aquatic plants, small fish, insects, worms, small amphibians (frogs and toads) and small molluscs. A few species of ducks, such as the goosander, are able to catch and eat large fish. Diving ducks and sea ducks dive deep underwater to get food. Dabbling ducks feed on land or on the surface of the water.
Interesting Facts About Ducks
- Baby ducks are called ducklings.
- Most species of ducks breed only once per year.
- Some people claim that ducks quacks do not echo. However, this is false- ducks quacks do in fact echo.
- The females of most duck species are the only ones that are able to ‘quack’.
- Ducklings are not able to fly, so they are preyed on by a number of different animals. They are preyed on by larger birds, large fish (such as pike) and crocodiles. Adult ducks can fly and usually escape from other animals. However, some large fish can still catch them if they are quick enough.
- Ducks are farmed for their tasty meat, eggs and feathers.