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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus
2012-03-22 23:12:58

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small species of duck and the only living member of its genus. Its habitat is swamps and wooded ponds on the northern half of the United States or southern Canada. A common species in captivity in Europe, Hooded Mergansers seen in the wild there are usually regarded as escapes. However, a few have been regarded as genuine wild vagrants. It is a...

Smew
2009-01-17 19:13:34

The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of duck that is intermediately placed between mergansers and goldeneyes. It is the only member in its genus Mergellus, which is sometimes grouped with the Mergus genus of mergansers. However, it is most likely closer related to the goldeneyes, and has interbred with the Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula). The Smew is found in the northern taiga...

Auckland Islands Merganser
2007-10-24 16:15:22

The Auckland Islands Merganser (Mergus australis), was a typical merganser which is now extinct. This bird was first collected when a French expedition visited the Auckland Islands in 1840. Subsequent fossil discoveries suggest that this merganser was previously resident on the South Island and Stewart Island in New Zealand. There have also been fossils found of related subspecies on the...

Smew
2009-02-14 21:01:08

The Smew (Mergellus albellus) is a species of small duck that is somewhat-related to typical mergansers and the goldeneyes; it is more closely related to the goldeneyes. It breeds in the northern taiga (the coniferous evergreen forests of sub arctic lands) of Europe and Asia. It is found mainly on fish-rich lakes and slow moving rivers. It migrates away from this area and winters on sheltered...

Common Merganser
2009-02-14 21:10:46

The Common Merganser (Mergus merganser), also known as the Gulaund or Goosander, is a species of duck that is found in Europe, North Asia and North America. It is most commonly found on lakes and rivers. North American birds migrate south in small groups to the United States where ice-free conditions exist. On the west coast, some populations are permanent residents. Scandinavian and Russian...

Red-breasted Merganser
2005-06-02 10:36:08

The Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) is a typical merganser with a spiky crest and a long thin red bill with serrated edges. Adult males have a dark head with a green sheen, a white neck with a rusty breast, a black back and a white bottom. Adult females have a rusty head and a grayish body. Their breeding habitat is freshwater lakes and open areas on rivers across northern North...

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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.