Species: Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)

Information About

Common Merganser

Quick Facts
Latin

Mergus merganser

Yupik

payirpak

Subspecies

Viewing Scale

Chances of seeing Common Merganser in Alaska

Common Merganser in Detail.
About

Common mergansers are the largest of the merganser genus in North America. Males are mostly white with a solid dark head and back. The heads have a green sheen in light and the backs are black. Females have gray bodies and chestnut brownish red heads with short crest that extend down the neck.

Habitat & Range

In Alaska they can be found from Dillingham to Fairbanks extending west south of the Yukon River but your best chances to view them is along the coast.

Gallery

Pictures of Common Merganser.