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Common Merganser
Mergus merganser

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 59-69 cm

Description: This very common merganser can be seen diving for fish in many of our mountain lakes. They are regularly seen nesting in the Rockies. The male has a green, crested head with a orange-red hooked bill. The neck, sides and breast are white and the back blackish-green. The female has a reddish, crested head with an orange-red bill. The body is gray, and there is a clear border between the red of the head and the gray of the body. This clear border differs from the smooth transition of the red-breasted merganser. They nest is generally in a tree cavity, often 5-16 m above the ground. Occasionally, the nest will be built on the ground. After mating, the male leaves and joins rafts of other males. The female will raise the young independently, and the young will leave the nest within 24 hours of hatching.

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