BirdHouses 101. The Common Merganser is a fish-eating duck that rides low in the water on freshwater lakes and rivers. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! on Merganser. Young mergansers require over half a pound of food per day during their first summer, and often supplement their fish diet with insects, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, frogs, small mammals, birds and plants. ( Log Out /  Common Merganser nicknames include “Fish Ducks”, “goosanders” and “Saw bill”. The female incubates and they are monogamous. Common Mergansers are primarily fish-eating ducks. Common Mergansers are primarily fish-eating ducks. The common merganser’s fish diet also means there is almost no hunting pressure on its numbers. They feed on a variety of small aquatic creatures, including fish, insects, snails, frogs, shrimp, crabs, worms, and more. Evening. Young mergansers require over half a pound of food per day during their first summer, and often supplement their fish diet with insects, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, frogs, small mammals, birds and plants. Latin: Mergus merganser americanus . Click to order my first book, a photographic guide for children entitled Milkweed Visitors. Family. Different species have different ranges and distributions. It takes 2 months for the young to learn how to fly, and once they fledge they become fully independent. Some Mergansers live or migrate across an incredibly wide range while others only occupy a few isolated regions. Young mergansers require over half a pound of food per day during their first summer, and often supplement their fish diet with insects, mollusks, crustaceans, worms, frogs, small mammals, birds and plants. ( Log Out /  Read on to learn about the Merganser. However, human activity does impact their habitats through deforestation, urbanization, and pollution. ( Log Out /  Humans have not domesticated Mergansers in any way. Most Mergansers are primarily piscivores, or fish-eaters. These four species are the “typical” Mergansers. You have many different domestic duck breeds to choose from instead. Their bill is similar in appearance to a cormorant’s bill. These ducks are quite interesting creatures, with many unique traits and adaptations. But in the end the bird was able to win the battle and gulp that whole thing down okay really?? All photos used are royalty-free, and credits are included in the Alt tag of each image. Common Mergansers lay 6 to 17 eggs which hatch in 28 to 35 days. No, these birds do not make good pets. They feed mainly on fish but also hunt a wide range of other aquatic prey, such as mollusks, crustaceans, worms, insect larvae, and amphibians. Though they are ducks, they are wild animals and do not enjoy human interaction. Some of the different plumage colors include white, black, grey, brown, tan, and more. The Merganser is actually a small group of ducks that researchers place in the taxonomic genus Mergus. Daytime. The first formal description of the common merganser was by the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus in 1758 in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae.He introduced the current binomial name Mergus merganser. Humans usually do not hunt these particular ducks, which can actually be beneficial to fish populations by weeding out the weakest individuals. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. Click to order my children's book FERDINAND FOX'S FIRST SUMMER. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. The genus name is a Latin word used by Pliny and other Roman authors to refer to an unspecified waterbird, and merganser is derived from mergus and anser, Latin for "goose". Taxonomy. ( Log Out /  Outside of the breeding season many of these ducks migrate, and they do so in large groups. Select. Most species prefer hunting in shallow water, but when food is scarce they do forage for prey in deeper waters. Some species nest in tree cavities, others in dense vegetation or similarly protected areas. This entry was posted on July 19, 2012 by Mary Holland. Bird Houses 101 - Everything You Need to Know About Birdhouses, for North American Birds. That looks like decent-sized frog putting up some fight here! Nice blog and amazing capture! Zookeepers vary their diet based on the species, providing anything from small fish and shrimp to pelleted duck diet. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. The Common Merganser is a large fish-eating diving duck, and has a long thin bill with toothy projections used to hold slippery fish. The males perform courtship dances and calls to attract a mate. Free. Merganser behavior varies slightly from species to species and season to season. It was filed under Amphibians, Animal Diets, Birds, Diets, Ducks, Food Chain, Frogs, July, Waterfowl and was tagged with Bird Diets, Birds, Common Merganser, Food Chain, Immature Common Merganser, Mergus merganser, Waterfowl. In North America, they breed across Canada south to Pennsylvania in the east, and northern California in the west. Guided Walk. Morning. Each species has its own unique diet, and even birds of the same species have different diets when they live in different regions. Common Mergansers mostly eat fish, but they also eat aquatic invertebrates (including insects, mollusks, crustaceans, and worms), frogs, small mammals, birds, and plants. Common mergansers are carnivores (piscivores). Click on image to order ANIMAL EARS from publisher. Common Merganser nicknames include “Fish Ducks”, “goosanders” and “Saw bill”. An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide – [email protected], How to Order Photo Prints, High Resolution Digital Images, and Books, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFtGPjPWKv0, ORDER NATURALLY CURIOUS, THE BEST-SELLING BOOK BY MARY HOLLAND. Unlock thousands of full-length species accounts and hundreds of bird family … Change ). The male in breeding plumage has a white belly, breast, and flanks with a gray rump and black back. The Commons live throughout Europe, parts of Asia, and North America. Description The diet of Common Mergansers includes fish, insects and aquatic plants. Migration patterns vary by species. Also, if actually eaten, does the unlucky prey get swallowed kicking all the way as well?! It seems like it would have trouble fitting down that long/skinny neck. Zoos keep some species of Mergansers in their care. Females lay an average of 9 or 10 eggs per clutch, and incubate them for about a month. Click on image to order from the publisher. The crestless head is dark green, the bill is red, and the eye is dark. Brazilians only live in Brazil. More rarely, they will take small mammals and birds. They forage in clear aquatic habitats such as streams, rivers, lakes, coastal bays, and estuaries. here are four different species of these ducks, the Common, Brazilian, Red-breasted, and Scaly-sided Merganser. Because of this, some Merganser species face potential extinction. Some species, like the Common, are quite social and live in flocks. The IUCN lists the Common as Least Concern, the Red-breasted as Least Concern, the Scaly-sided as Endangered, and the Brazilian as Critically Endangered. Some of the different habitats that they occupy include wetlands, swamps, lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, bays, estuaries, and more. Seasonal changes can also impact what these birds eat as well. The pictured immature Common Merganser had just downed a crayfish when it spotted a frog which it succeeded in catching and eventually swallowing. Each species has its own unique diet, and even birds of the same species have different diets when they live in different regions.