Common Merganser

Mergus merganser

(M. m. merganser)

Armenian Name: Մեծ սղոցակտուց բադ
Common Merganser

See Plate 19 for Common Merganser and other similar species

Resident Status: Winter visitor
Abundance: Rare
Length:58-66 cm, Wing Span:82-97 cm
Distribution Map: Map 87.
Description: Male: dark green head with slightly elongated nape feathers, black back; pale pink or white underparts. Female: brown-red head and upper neck contrasts with pale lower neck and underparts; gray upperparts.
Similar Species: Females differ from Red-breasted Merganser by sharp contrast between head and lower neck color, clearly-defined white chin, and in flight, by paler underparts and an entirely white wing patch.
Behavior: Usually occurs in small flocks.
Habitat: Lakes with rocky or gravel shores, larger rivers.
Food: Fish, mollusks, insects, amphibians.