Wikipedia tells us:
These birds feed mainly on plant material. When feeding in water, they submerge their heads and necks to reach aquatic plants, sometimes tipping forward like a dabbling duck. Flocks of these birds often feed on leftover cultivated grains in fields, especially during migration or in winter. They also eat some insects, molluscs and crustaceans.
Why I was curious:
I always see 30-50 of these birds in a field on my way to work every day and they seem to just be pecking in the grass. I can’t fathom what there is for them to eat there. I’d say insects but they appear to be continually eating and there can’t be that many insects. So my best guess so far is that they’re just eating grass. Perhaps I’ll never know.
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