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Old Tuesday 21st February 2012, 00:44   #1
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Red-breasted merganser? Lake Superior, Duluth, MN, USA

I saw this bird in Lake Superior in Duluth, MN, USA two days ago. I think it is a red-breasted merganser? Is it normal for the beak to appear dark like this or is it just artifact? Thanks!
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Old Tuesday 21st February 2012, 00:51   #2
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Hi,

It is a Hooded Merganser. Note the shorter black bill (Red-breasted and Common would show a longer all red bill), among other things.

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Old Tuesday 21st February 2012, 00:54   #3
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Agree with Hoodie. Females have yellow bills. This looks to be a young male with that black bill.
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Do young males start out with a red crest like this?
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I can't really see color very well (colorblind), but I think young/eclipse males look very similar to females in coloration.
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Old Tuesday 21st February 2012, 01:12   #6
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