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Mergansers have long, serrated bills. They dive to feed.
The Hooded Merganser sometimes breeds in Florida, nesting in a high tree cavity near water. It may use a nest box. The more common Red-breasted Merganser is usually found in coastal areas but has also established in scattered inland areas.
Both are less common during the summer months.

name area season diet/native food plants
Hooded MerganserNCSSpSuFW-Bfish*, crustaceans, insects
Red-breasted MerganserNCSSpSuFWfish*, crustaceans, insects
N=north  C=central  S=south
Sp=spring  Su=summer  F=fall  W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined  M=Migrant

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