There are about six species of Swans, members of the Anatidae family of birds, within the Genus Cygnus. They are closely related to geese but are still considered to be in a grouping all their own. The major classifications are as follows:
- The Mute Swan
- The Black Swan
- The Black-Necked Swan
- The Whooper Swan
- The Trumpeter Swan
- The Tundra Swan
Most people know of the Swan’s cultural significance, through tales like the ugly duckling or their use in various emblems and coats of arms. Swans are also known, though, for some of their more interesting habits.
They will, for example, feed almost exclusively on the water. They are aggressive and will protect their territory fiercely. They are also known as being monogamous creatures that will mate for life (though in some cases, they will split from their partners).
Less discussed in all the talk of swans, however, is their diet. What do swans eat, and where do they procure the bulk of their nutrition? [Read more…]