Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

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 and When to Spot

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

Common Names

Mittelsäger [de]
Red-breasted merganser [en]
Serreta mediana [es]
Harle huppé [fr]


Mergus serrator

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