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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Merganser Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      These are large, long-bodied ducks with thin, pointed wings. Their bills are straight and narrow, unlike the wide, flat bill of a “typical” duck. Females have shaggy crests on the backs of their heads.

      Relative Size

      Smaller than a Canada Goose; slightly larger than a Mallard.

      Relative Sizebetween crow and goosebetween crow and goose
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 21.3-27.9 in (54-71 cm)
        • Weight: 31.8-76.2 oz (900-2160 g)
        • Wingspan: 33.9 in (86 cm)