DUCK­ING AND DIV­ING

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Wild December -

At first glance a goosander doesn’t look like it has much in com­mon with the ‘tufties’ and other div­ing ducks on a win­ter lake or reser­voir. But this species is in­deed a true duck – part of the saw­bill fam­ily, whose ser­rated beaks are edged with back-fac­ing teeth to grip fish. Males ( pic­tured) sport bot­tle-green heads; fe­males have tou­sled rus­set heads and are nick­named ‘red­heads’. Goosanders breed on up­land rivers in Wales, Devon, north­ern Eng­land and Scot­land, then move down­stream, spread­ing through­out the low­land UK. TOP TIP Learn to iden­tify saw­bills with a BTO video: www.bto.org/ about-birds/bird-id

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