Red-breasted Merganser

Latin: Mergus serrator (Linné 1758)
Svenska: Småskrake
Deutsch: Mittelsäger

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The red-breasted merganser can be recognized partly on the tousle on the back of their neck. It eats a lot of fish and has a thin beak lined with sharp teeth, which make it easy to grab a slippery one.

Red-breasted mergansers are common along Uppland’s coast, and are also found in freshwater lake areas such as Mälaren and Erken.

These birds migrate from mid-September to mid-December towards the southern Baltic Sea and Central Europe, returning in April or May.

Photo: Alan D. Wilson ©

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