North Island Explorer: Guide to North Vancouver Island



Common Merganser







































Mergansers in Flight: Two ducks.

Photo 1: Two Merganser ducks, both females, in flight. Common Mergansers is the largest merganser in North America.

Common Merganser: Mergus Merganser

Photo 2: Common Mergansers, A duck (top left of photo) and a drake (bottom right of photo).

Common Merganser drakes are white with a black-green head, red bill, and black back. Common Merganser Ducks (females) have a chestnut brown head with a crest and a grey body. They also have a white chin that is sometimes hard to spot.



A merganser duck and drake together.



 Mergansers in the water.


Photo 3: Common Mergansers in the water

Common Mergansers are skilled divers using their fine saw-like teeth to grip slippery fish. As well as fish, they feed on fish, mollusks, crustaceans, and even some plants. Mergansers are solitary breeders with about 10 eggs per brood. Incubation is about 30 days.



 Other Vancouver Island Birds: Bald Eagle, Trumpeter Swan, Blue Grouse, Common Merganser, Canada Geese, Great Blue Heron, Varied Thrush