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originally posted by: peppycat
a reply to: Forensick I haven't made my way down to the beach in a long time and don't recall ever seeing one. I think they are mostly on the northern coastlines of US. I have always liked ducks but have only seen them near ponds or rivers.
originally posted by: Forensick
a reply to: OccamsRazor04
Yeah but never in the sea? I like a Mallard but never seen one in the sea or estuary. I assume the sea salt affects fresh water ducks waterproof.
Order Anseriformes Family Anatidae
The seaducks, Merginae, form a subfamily of the duck, goose and swan family of birds, Anatidae. Most are essentially marine outside the breeding season. Many species have developed specialized salt glands to allow them to tolerate salt water. Some of the mergansers prefer riverine habitats. All but two of the approximately 20 species in this group occupy habitats in far northern latitudes. The fish-eating members of this group, such as the mergansers and Smew, have serrated edges to their bills to help them grip their prey. Other seaducks take molluscs or crustaceans from the sea floor.