Merganser Ducks

Mergus are seaducks that primarily feed on fish. Along with the Smew and Hooded Merganser, they are therefore often known as “sawbills” – so named because of the serrated edges to their bills to help them grip their slippery prey.

Most of the merganser species favor riverine habitats, the exception being the Red-breasted Merganser, which is common at sea.

Chinese Merganser or Scaly-sided Merganser (Mergus squamatus) - Pair; male up front, female back


Species and Ranges

Relevant Resources

Common Merganser hen with chicks
Red-breasted Merganser

Diet / Feeding:

Ducks generally feed on larvae and pupae usually found under rocks, aquatic animals, plant material, seeds, small fish, snails and crabs.

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