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Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator

Red-breasted merganser Mergus serrator

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

GermanMittelsäger
EnglishRed-breasted merganser
FrenchHarle huppé
SpanishSerreta mediana

Description

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.

Photos

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Observations

Rapids Park Lachine2019-06-22
Park Angrignon, Montreal2017-04-29
Park Angrignon, Montreal2016-04-17