Common Merganser

(Mergus merganser)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

Common Merganser

NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common migrant, uncommon breeder

Habitat

Large rivers, deep lakes

Size

22 to 27 in length

34 wingspan

   
    Photo by Ramona Abrego
 
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Migration

Mid February to mid-May and mid-September to mid-December

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)

 
Subordinate Taxa

American Merganser (Mergus merganser americanus)

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser merganser)

Himalayan Large Merganser (Mergus merganser orientalis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2010

Mergus merganser

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Uploaded on Aug 5, 2010

female Mergus merganser...

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  Common Merganser Day Care
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Uploaded on Jun 21, 2011

Just before I could set my camera up I witnessed a Common Merganser mother of two, drop her brood off with a larger group. The mother of two headed up stream leaving her offspring with a single female Common Merganser who was already watching 15 young Mergansers. Because ducks forage for themselves from the day they are born, they don't rely on there parents for food. A mother Merganser who looks after multiple broods is also increasing her broods chance of survival from predator attacks. The more ducklings there are in a group the less of a chance one of her own will be a casualty.

   
       
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Published on Jan 13, 2013

Le Harle bièvre est un canard piscivore qui ne niche en France que sur les grands lacs Alpins (Annecy, Léman). Il fréquente volontiers les ports. Les Harles de cette vidéo ont été filmés en Suisse à Genève où ils sont assez faciles à observer.

   
       
  Common Merganser male (Mergus merganser)
Frank Blangeard
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 1, 2013

This common merganser was seen on a small icy pond in Oregon on January 1st, 2013. Many other birds were on the pond but this was the only merganser. Taken with a Sony DSC-HX200V.

   
       

 

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Ramona Abrego

Location: Lake County on Lake Superior

Common Merganser


Ramona Abrego

Location: Becker County

Common Merganser


Deb Wyatt
7/22/2018

Location: South shore of Star Island, Cass Lake, MN.

Observed a female ... with 7 ducklings on the south (sandy) shore of Star Island. She swam off toward the west. One of the babies rode on her back.


Wayne Rasmussen
5/13/2018

Location: Ramsey, Maplewood Hts Park

Common Merganser


     
     
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