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Red-breasted Merganser

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Photo by soenke
Photo by soenke
Mergus serrator


[edit] Identification

L. 52-58 cm
W. 67-82 cm Long, thin red bill with serrated edges
Adult Male

  • Dark head with a green sheen
  • White neck with
  • Rusty breast
  • Black back
  • White underparts
MalePhoto by MahslebMistley, Essex, Fenruary 2009
Photo by Mahsleb
Mistley, Essex, Fenruary 2009

Adult Female

  • Rusty head
  • Greyish body

Juvenile Like the female, but lacks the white collar and has a smaller white wing patch.

[edit] Distribution

Northern Palearctic and northern North America; winters southern Palearctic and Mexico

[edit] Taxonomy

This is a monotypic species[1].

[edit] Habitat

Freshwater lakes and rivers.

[edit] Behaviour

This is a diving duck. The diet is mainly small fish, aquatic insects and frogs.

[edit] Vocalisation

The call of the female is prak prrak

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[edit] References

  1. Clements, JF. 2009. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2009. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Avianweb

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