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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.

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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.