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Common Merganser  07

Common Merganser 07

Description : Males and females are easily distinguished, since the male merganser has a dark green head, while the head of the female is reddish-brown. The Common Merganser is 70 cm long with a 78-94 cm wingspan.

These large fish-eaters have serrated edges to their bills to help them grip their prey. Along with the Smew and the other Mergansers, they are therefore often known as sawbills. They also eat mussels and shrimps; young birds mainly eat aquatic insects.
This photo was taken at the Squamish Estuary, BC in June 2006.

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