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What do Swans Eat

Swans are large water birds talked about in both ancient mythology and modern stories. The fable The Ugly Duckling is probably the best known story featuring a swan. This article will answer the question what do swans eat and look at nine amazing facts about swans.

What Do Swans Eat

First, let’s look at what swans eat. Well, swans eat many types of aquatic plants including sedges and pond weed. However, swans have also been known to eat a variety of different insects, aquatic beetles, snails and fresh water shrimp. So now you know the answer to the question what do swans eat. Now let’s look at nine interesting and educational facts about swans.

Nine Amazing Swan Facts

Fact 1: Swans are often considered as a symbol of love due to their usually lifelong lasting exclusive relationships.

Fact 2: The Black Swan is the animal found on the Western Australian (an Australian state) flag.

Fact 3: The Sydney Swans are an Australian AFL team. They use a swan as their mascot.

Fact 4: Many swans make very loud noises when they are flying. Mute Swans, however, are nearly always silent and rarely make any noise when flying.

Fact 5: All swans also make loud hissing and grunting noises when they are angry or agitated.

Fact 6: Mute Swans do not travel very far from their homes. Occasionally, during the winter months, Mute Swans can be seen migrating to warmer climates.

Fact 7: The Trumpeter Swan was hunted very heavily during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The population of Trumpeter Swans neared zero for many years, but they have since recovered and several thousand Trumpeter Swans live in parts of Canada and Alaska.

Fact 8: Like ducks, Trumpeter Swans fly in V-shaped flocks when they migrate in winter.

Fact 9: The Whooper Swan is the national bird of Finland.

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(15) Comments

  1. Hi Barb and Jack,

    Swans will eat popcorn and bread. However, you should only give them plain popcorn- not the flavored popcorn.

  2. how can i shelter a mute swan in the winter these people bought it as a chick then they moved out and left on the pond so i want to know how to care for it in the winter

  3. Hi Jon,

    I’m afraid I don’t know anything about looking after a mute swan and I couldn’t find any information on Google. I would advise ringing a local pet store or animal shelter who might be able to give you the proper advice.

  4. Mute swans are a species of swan that are native to Asia and parts of Europe. They are called ‘mute’ swans as they make less noise than other swans.

  5. we have been seeing a swan while we are kayaking & he/she comes right up to us & follows us…..he/she seems very friendly. we would like to give him/her a little treat…we tried a grape & that went over “big” but of course we would never want to hurt him/her….any suggestions

  6. What do Australian Black Swans eat? As far as pellets or swan food are concerned. I have been feeding it bread but I want to feed it right, you know.

  7. Hi Erin,

    Black swans mainly eat algae and weeds. They occasionally eat insects. I would suggest going to a pet shop that sells algae and ask them what types of algae a black swan is more likely to eat.

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