Red-Breasted Merganser

Family: Anatidae

Size: It measures approximately 50 to 65cm

Longevity: The longevity of the red-breasted merganser is approximately 9 years.

Habitat: It lives in lakes and rivers in summer and during winter it lives in seas.

Food: It feeds mainly on fish but its usual menu also includes molluscs, crustaceans, aquatic insects, especially dragonflies.

Did you know that the red-breasted merganser takes its name from its habit of swimming with a submerged body? In Latin, its name Mergus means submerged.