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 50 videos
A female resting on the ice. Locality Båtsfjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp merganser)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2010 2 years ago 21 sec 3.4
A pair swimming. Locality Tierpark Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 22 March 2008 4 years ago 39 sec 3.4
A male preening itself and fluffing its feathers Locality Lier, Antwerp Province, Belgium (ssp merganser)
Leo Janssen 4 March 2000 10 years ago 17 sec 3.4
A group of birds swimming, with alot of activity in the group. Locality Vossemeer, Dronten, Flevoland Province, Netherlands (ssp merganser)
Yoel Jimenez 20 February 2011 2 years ago 59 sec 3.4
A group of birds on a little island of a river and then swimming Locality Yushu, Qinghai, China (Northern) (ssp orientalis)
John Gregory 30 July 2002 5 years ago 19 sec 3.4
A male swimming on the fjord. Locality Båtsfjord, Finnmark County, Norway (ssp merganser)
Josep del Hoyo 3 April 2010 2 years ago 27 sec 3.3
PhotosSee all 64 photos
Two in courtship display
Locality Geneva Canton, Switzerland (ssp merganser)
Marco Valentini 17 April 2011 1 year ago 3.7
A pair swimming.
Locality Tierpark Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Josep del Hoyo 22 March 2008 4 years ago 3.7
Common Merganser male fishing in Wellington Harbour
Locality Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada
Ian Barker 1 January 2013 23 weeks ago 3.6
A female standing on ice.
Locality Calgary, Alberta, Canada (ssp americanus)
Ken Havard 16 January 2010 34 weeks ago 3.6
A male swimming away in the Hunnselva River.
Locality Gjovik, Oppland County, Norway
Hans Petter Kristoffersen 7 April 2012 1 year ago 3.6
Male (breeding) Common Merganser or Goosander as it is called in the UK. Notice its black eye, reddish bill, iridescent blackish
Locality Prince's Island Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rafael Sibrian 1 May 2013 3 weeks ago ADDED LAST MONTH 3.4
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