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Red-breasted Merganser

(Mergus serrator)
German name(s): "Mittelsäger"
Size: 52-58 cm; wing span 67-82 cm


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Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-breasted Merganser at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Small group of Red-breasted Mergansers; the bird on the back right, with the reddest and longest bill, is probably a female; also the birds with their bills under water, with the relatively prominent crest, are probably females (or males in eclipse plumage); the two others may be immature
[Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1998]

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