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Red-breasted merganser

What am I?

I am a diving duck.

Where do I come from?

I come from Scotland, north-west England, north-west Wales, west Ireland, northern Europe, Asia & North America.

A bit about me

I never live far from the water. When I search for food you will see me dipping my head underwater and also diving down under the water to retrieve small tasty fish. I also like to eat crustaceans & insects. We Red breasted mergansers can fly at speeds of around 80mph, which means we are one of the fastest flying ducks.

Conservation status

I’m green listed in the UK

I’m a qualifying feature for the Portsmouth Harbour and Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protection Areas – that means, when the sites were designated, a nationally significant number of us used these awesome coastlines in the winter!

Fun fact

If you watch us for long enough you may see us working together to heard small fish into a small area so that we can catch them more easily.