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Common Merganser

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

Common Merganser

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

Common Mergansers (Female)

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

Hooded Merganser

Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming
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. More

Hooded Merganser (Female Swimming with Chicks)

Photograph of a female Hooded Merganser 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. More

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Photograph of a male Hooded Merganser swimming
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. More

Plants and Animals

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Photo of a female common merganser, closeup on head and front
Winged master anglers, these diving ducks can be seen fishing Missouri’s big rivers this month. More