Common Merganser

Other Names: Goosander

Distribution: Canada and northern Eurasia in summer; temperate Northern Hemisphere waters in winter.

Goosander distribution range map

Description:

Size: 58-68 cm in length with a 78-94 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males have bright white sides, a green head, a white breast, and a long, thin red bill. Females have a gray body and flanks and a reddish-brown crested head sharply set off from a white throat. The legs are orange.

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Common Merganser

Common Merganser

Bill Shape
hooked-seabird
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
pointed-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
walking
Behavior
jerks
zigzag
Markings
bold
cross
head
tailstripes
wingbands
Sounds
clear
staccato
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
fields
flats
Forests
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
blackandwhite
brown
white
rust
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
medium
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species