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Common Merganser

Common Merganser

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  • Long narrow bill
  • Male has dark-green head; throat and breast are white
  • Females have distinct white throat which helps distinguish if from the female red-breasted merganser

Red-breasted Merganser

Red Breasted Merganser

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  • Male has white throat with red breast
  • Male and female have shaggy crest

Hooded Merganser

Hooded Merganser

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  • Male has black-bordered white crest

Scaup

Scaup

  • Long dark wing with white sepculum
  • Rounded dark head
  • Females have white face

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

  • Vertical white strip seperates black breast from grey sides
  • Solid black back
  • Male and female have a ringed bill which is not always visible

Common Goldeneye

Goldeneye

  • Dark head with white circle under eye (Note: The similar Barrow's Goldeneye (left), a species of special concern federally, has a white crescent under the eye)
  • Female has brown head with white neck

Bufflehead

Bufflehead

  • Males have a large white crest on green head
  • Females have white cheek patch
 
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