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Red-breasted Merganser (male)

Mergus serrator

Description:

Male Description Breeding (Alternate) Plumage: Head iridescent greenish black. Neck white. Chest deep rusty speckled with black. Back dark with long white patch along wings. Tail gray. Outer part of wings black. Bill scarlet-orange. Eyes red. Nonbreeding (Basic) Plumage: Head rusty brown with long, ragged double crest. Chin pale or gray. Breast, back, wings and tail slaty gray. Belly and flanks white. Bill scarlet-orange. White patch in wing visible in flight. Like female, except has less white on chin, darker back, and wing with larger white patch. Female Description Head rusty brown with long, ragged, double crest. Chin dark or pale, gradually merging with chest color. Breast, back, wings and tail slaty gray. Belly and flanks white. Bill scarlet-orange. White patch in wing visible in flight.

Habitat:

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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8 Comments

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

:-D

Tom15
Tom15 9 years ago

Fyn, now that you mention the Mohawk, it does look like he has an attitude like Mr. T (B.A. Baracus) on the A Team:-)

Fyn  Kynd
Fyn Kynd 9 years ago

"Bad"??? Wha? He has the exact hair that everybody with a Mohawk has been striving for! :-)

Tom15
Tom15 9 years ago

Thanks Reza and Sergio!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 9 years ago

Great photos.

Tom15
Tom15 9 years ago

"Bad hair day", he looks like a heron with scrawny plumes:-)

Super!

AshleyT
AshleyT 9 years ago

I love how they always are having a bad hair day :)

Tom15
Spotted by
Tom15

Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA

Spotted on Mar 24, 2013
Submitted on Mar 25, 2013

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