Common Merganser

or

Goosander

Mergus merganser

A Common Merganser male
Photo courtesy of Daniel Sörensen

Common Mergansers are sociable birds found around lakes and rivers throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They are divers and fish eaters in the wild and require some fish in their diet in captivity.

A clutch consists of 7 to 14 pale cream-colored eggs and incubation lasts 30 days. In captivity they will nest in Wood Duck nest boxes.


A Common Merganser in the wild
Photo courtesy of Valarie Bowman via Sandy Revard

A Common Merganser family
Photo courtesy of Richard Koenig

Juvenile Common Mergansers


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