Red-breasted Merganser Sighted For The First Time In India
The first officially documented sighting of the Red-breasted Merganser in India has been reported from Vasai, Mumbai.There have been obscure old records of the sighting of this bird in India, once in 1889 and other in 1961, both from West Bengal, both of which cannot be supported by any authentic documentation. So, officially, this sighting from 2016 is the first of its kind. The Red-breasted Merganser is the most widespread of the mergansers, a group of fish-eating ducks also known as saw-bills due to their long, narrow, serrated beaks. It breeds in large parts of the northern hemisphere including the North America, Greenland, Iceland, Northern Europe and Central Asia. During the winter season, they migrate southwards to Mexico, Central Europe, Mediterranean and even Iran and Pakistan. Never before have these birds known to have migrated to India to winter.