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 Merganser||NCS||SpSuFW-B||fish*, crustaceans, insects|
|Red-breasted Merganser||NCS||SpSuFW||fish*, crustaceans, insects|
Sp=spring Su=summer F=fall W=winter
B=breeds in Florida during season(s) underlined M=Migrant