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Ducks at a Distance
A Waterfowl Identification Guide

Common Merganser


GIF -- Picture of canvasbacks

This species is larger than the red-breasted merganser, and is one of the largest of our ducks. It is one of the last to migrate south, and is more common than the red-breasted merganser on inland waters.

GIF -- Picture of Flock Pattern

Flocks move in "follow the leader" style, low over the water. The only call seems to be a startled croak.

GIF -- Picture of Wings


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