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Merganser, Red breasted (Mergus serrator)
Photo by Impy, UK

Merganser, Red breasted (Mergus serrator)

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Photo taken 07/04/04

These handsome diving ducks belong to the sawbill family, so called because of their long, serrated bills, used for catching fish. Can sometimes be confused with the more common Goosander. They are at home just as much fresh water as salt though are most commonly seen around coastal areas in winter. During the breeding they can be found on freshwater lakes and slow rivers, and also sheltered inlets and estuaries.
Eggs: 8-10
Incubation: 31-32 days
Fledging: 60-65 days
Maximum lifespan: 9 years
Length: 52-58cm

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