How to Draw a Red-Breasted Merganser

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Red Breasted Merganser in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Red Breasted Merganser.

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How to Draw a Red Breasted Merganser - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Interesting Facts about Red-Breasted Mergansers

Red-Breasted Mergansers are ducks that live in North America. A male has dark gray feathers with a white neck, a red chest, and green head. Their most flashy feature is the wild spiky crest on top of their heads. Female Red-Breasted Mergansers are mostly a dull brown. An adult Red-Breasted Merganser is 20-24 inches long with a 28-34 inch wingspan.

Did you know?

  • Red-Breasted Mergansers nest on the ground. A nest of eggs is 8-10.
  • A female’s quack sounds like “prrak, prrak,” while a male looks like he has the hiccups and then sneezes.
  • Red-Breasted Mergansers dive under-water for food.
  • During breeding season a Red-Breasted Merganser will move down to sea ports.
  • They are known as a “sawbills,” meaning they can eat meat specifically fish.

Activity: Halloween isn’t the only time for “Bobbing for Apples.” When you are studying diving ducks the old fashion game can be a fun indoor recess activity. Just fill a large tub with water and add apples. The students then take turns fishing for the fruit with only their mouth. If cheating is problem, then gentle tying their hands behind their back will add the needed difficulty.