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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.

Common Names

  • Red-breasted merganser (en)
  • Serreta mediana (es)
  • Harle huppé (fr)
  • Mittelsäger (de)

Taxonomy

  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Mergus serrator

Where & When to Spot

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

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.

Photos

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2017-04-29

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;

Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

Red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-04-17

NIKON D7100; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;

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