Goosander (Mergus merganser) - HBW 1, p. 626
French: Harle bièvre
Spanish: Serreta Grande
Other common names: Common Merganser
Taxonomy: Mergus Merganser Linnaeus, 1758, Europe.
Race comatus synonymous with orientalis. Hybridization with Aythya americana recorded in captivity. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- merganser Linnaeus, 1758 - Palearctic, from Iceland E to Kamchatka, S to C Europe, NE China and N Japan.
- orientalis Gould, 1845 - C Asia, from NE Afghanistan E through Tibet and Himalayas to W China.
- americanus Cassin, 1852 - North America, from Alaska to Newfoundland, S to N and W USA.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 66 videos
Female swimming display Locality Ostensjovannet, Oslo, Oslo & Akershus, Norway (ssp merganser)
Per Johan 19 March 2007 4 years ago 39 sec 4.9
An adult female searching for prey dives and catches a crayfish and proceeds to swallow it whole. Locality Arroyo Simi, Simi, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp americanus)
Don DesJardin 2 February 2014 1 year ago 43 sec 4.9
An adult female on the water preening. Locality Arroyo Simi, Simi, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp americanus)
Don DesJardin 2 February 2014 1 year ago 38 sec 4.9
bird diving for food Locality River Ness, Highland Council, Scotland, Great Britain (ssp merganser)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 22 September 2014 1 year ago 40 sec 4.8
An adult female swimming. Locality Arroyo Simi, Simi, Ventura County, California, USA (United States) (ssp americanus)
Don DesJardin 26 January 2014 1 year ago 33 sec 4.8
bird preening on a rock Locality Cramond, Edinburgh City Council, Scotland, Great Britain (ssp merganser)
Keith and Lynn Youngs 9 September 2015 10 weeks ago 35 sec 4.8
PhotosSee all 140 photos
A bird with chicks
Mustafa Sozen 17 July 2012 48 weeks ago 4.8
The Goosander just took a piece of bread and the gull is trying to steel it
Locality Germignaga, Lombardy Region, Italy
Cristiano Crolle 7 March 2015 36 weeks ago 4.8
two males on the water
Locality Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge, Polk County, Oregon, USA (United States) (ssp americanus)
Mark Houston 30 January 2015 41 weeks ago 4.5
Bird in the lake in the morning.
Locality Kangasala, Western Finland Province, Finland (ssp merganser)
Igor Shilokhvost 15 August 2013 1 year ago 4.5
Along the lake shore in a group of 6
Locality Geneva Canton, Switzerland (ssp merganser)
Marco Valentini 21 April 2011 4 years ago 4.5
Along the Geneva lake shore among several individuals
Locality Lake Léman, Switzerland (ssp merganser)
Marco Valentini 18 April 2011 4 years ago 4.5