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Red-breasted Merganser
Mergus serrator

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 48-66 cm

Description: Occasional Migrant. Look for a crested green head, reddish-orange bill and white neck strip. The breast is rusty-red mottled with black, becoming grayish-white along the sides and underside. The back is black with several prominent white feathers along the side. Females have a gray body with a reddish, crested head. The beak is orange. The reddish head feathers blend smoothly into the gray colour of the body. This lack of a border helps distinguish female red-breasted mergansers from common mergansers which have a clearly defined border between the reddish head and the gray body. Their serrated bill helps them grasp the small fish on which they feed. Their legs are set far back on their body, which makes them strong swimmers, but awkward on land.

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