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Common Merganser female

Mergus merganser

Description:

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. Adult males are crisply patterned with gleaming white bodies and dark, iridescent-green heads. The back is black and the bill red. Females and immatures are gray-bodied with a white chest and rusty-cinnamon heads. In flight, both sexes show large white patches on the upperwings (larger in adult males).

Habitat:

Pond in Angel Fire.


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joanbstanley
Spotted by
joanbstanley

New Mexico, USA

Lat: 36.36, Long: -105.29

Spotted on Mar 1, 2016
Submitted on Jun 15, 2016

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