Ducks, Geese and Swans (Anatidae)

Goosander (Mergus merganser) - HBW 1, p. 626

French: Harle bièvre German: Gänsesäger 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.