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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front

Common Merganser

Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns.

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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front

Common Merganser

Mergus merganser
Like our other mergansers, the common merganser has a long, slender, serrated bill and dives underwater for fish. This species, however, has only a short head crest and has unique color patterns.

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Photo of two female common mergansers standing and sitting on pond ice

Common Mergansers (Female)

Common mergansers have a long, slender, serrated, red or orange bill with a wide base. Females have a gray body, with a rusty head that is sharply defined against the white neck. Mergansers are divers, and the legs are far back on the body; on land, the posture is upright.

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Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus
Hooded mergansers have crests that trail behind the head or can be raised to create a circular shape. Their bills are narrow and serrated. Males are black and white with chestnut flanks; females are brown.

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Photograph of a female Hooded Merganser swimming with chicks

Hooded Merganser (Female Swimming with Chicks)

The hooded merganser is a regular breeder in our state, and a cavity nester. The downy chicks leap from the nest to the forest floor the day after hatching.

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Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Adult male hooded mergansers have a black head, neck, and back. The black-margined white crest and chestnut flanks of the male are very distinct.

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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front

Plants and Animals

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Winged master anglers, these diving ducks can be seen fishing Missouri’s big rivers this month.

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