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Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator

Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishRed-breasted merganser
FrenchHarle huppé
SpanishSerreta mediana


A large duck of rivers and lakes. This species dives to catch food which is mainly small fishes, crustaceans and aquatic insects and frogs. They build their nest on the ground near water. The bird winters mose South along coastal areas.

How to Identify

This species is very similar in appearance to the Common Merganser. The distinctive characteristic is the color of the neck and breast which isn’t white.

Where When to Spot

I observe this bird in Rapids Park Lachine and occasionally in the large pond of Park Angrignon.



2019-06-22Parc de la Frayère
2017-04-29Parc Angrignon
2016-04-17Parc Angrignon

Last updated on 2023-01-17. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.