Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Common Merganser

The Common Merganser (Scientific name - Mergus merganser) is the largest of the mergansers found in North America. It is a diving duck that feeds mostly on small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.  They are found throughout North America, with a summer range as far as the Yukon and Alaska and in winter as far south as Mexico. The male has a dark green head with a reddish orange bill; he has a white breast and undersides and a dark back with a grey tail. The female has a grey body with a red crested head and white chest.
Photos were taken in Abbotsford, B.C. in January 2014.

Male in Flight


Male showing green head


  1. This morning I saw robins, cedar waxwings and 2 towhees on the bare branches of a catalpa tree outside my window...and then some kind of woodpecker flew into the nearby oak that is also leafless. I checked the bird book...just to be sure about the non-descript towhee ( no fancy rufus sides or anything.) These ducks are stunning and your photos are quite good!

    1. Thanks for the nice comment. Glad you are enjoying the birds in your neighbourhood!! Cheers. Neal

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