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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
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Cinnamon Teal

General Description: Common Mergansers (Mergus merganser) are sexually dimorphic pond "ducks" with a long, thin bill. Males have an iridescent green head and black back, and the neck, breast, and sides are white. Males do not have a crest. Females have a rusty head and white throat, clean white breast, gray body, and a shaggy crest (it is always a bad hair day for lady mergansers).

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes; places with fish to eat.

Cinnamon Teal

Where to Find: Common Mergansers are fairly common around Las Vegas; look for them at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, Lake Mead, the Pahranagat Valley and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: These birds dive for fish, which they catch in their long, saw-tooth-edged bill.

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Male (left) and female (right)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Male (left) and female (right)
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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Boulder Beach Harbor, Lake Mead
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Boulder Beach Harbor, Lake Mead
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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