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The Common Merganser is a large species of duck. They have a relatively cosmopolitan distribution, with populations found across North America, Europe, and parts of Asia.
Male Common Mergansers in breeding plumage are easily identified. The head and outer wing feathers are black with a green shimmer. The body is white, while the rump and tail are grey.
Mergansers use their serrated bills to help them grip their main source of food: fish. This unique feature leads to the nickname "sawbill."
|Hatched||Added to Birdorable on: 26 October 2012|
|Scientific Name||Mergus merganser|
|Birdorable Family||Ducks & Geese|
(as of 15 March 2017)
21.3 to 28 inches
31.7 to 76.2 ounces
|Range||East Europe North Europe West Asia Central Asia East Asia North America United States (West) United States (East)|