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Red-breasted merganser

Mergus serrator


Is a diving duck. It has a spiky crest and long thin red bill with serrated edges. The male has a dark head with a green sheen, a white neck with a rusty breast, a black back, and white underparts. Adult females have a rusty head and a greyish body. The juvenile is like the female, but lacks the white collar and has a smaller white wing patch.


Its breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and rivers across northern North America, Greenland, Europe, and Asia. It nests in sheltered locations on the ground near water. It is migratory and many northern breeders winter in coastal waters further south. This one was in Het Zwin (vogelreservaat)

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The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Thanks! I have seen mergansers swimming in the sea in the winter along with the eiders. Amazing how they like the cold!

harsuame 7 years ago


Stian Waaler
Stian Waaler 7 years ago

Fantastic pictures ;)

Knokke-Heist, Vlaanderen, Belgium

Lat: 51.33, Long: 3.31

Spotted on Feb 19, 2012
Submitted on Mar 25, 2012

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