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.
Silent except in courtship when male makes a cat-like "yeow, yeow." Female makes a harsh "gruk."
What to Watch For: Duck Courtship [video], All About Birds blog, January 20, 2015.