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Red Breasted Merganser

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 Red Breasted Merganser


“Mergus Serrator”






The Red Breasted Merganser is a diving duck of the sawbill family due to their long serrated bill.

It has a spiky crest.

They are 52 to 58cm in length

 They have a wingspan of 70 to 86cm 

They weigh in at 900 to 1350g.

There are 2,800 breeding pairs in the uk.





They eat small fish and aquatic insects , crustaceans, and frogs. They are amazingly fast and one was recorded at 100 miles per hour!



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