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Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A large diving duck with a long thin bill, the Red-breasted Merganser is found in large lakes, rivers and the ocean. It prefers salt water more than the other two species of merganser.

Calls

Silent except in courtship when male makes a cat-like "yeow, yeow." Female makes a harsh "gruk."

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What to Watch For: Duck Courtship [video], All About Birds blog, January 20, 2015.

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