common merganser


: a merganser (Mergus merganser) widely distributed in the northern hemisphere with the male having mostly white plumage and a blackish-green head during the breeding season and the female and nonbreeding male having mostly gray plumage and a reddish-brown head

called also (chiefly British) goosander

Examples of common merganser in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hunting was limited to a lee along the shore on Monday but still produced three green-winged teal, three ring-necked ducks, two bluebills and one common merganser. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 24 Oct. 2022 The female common merganser was first sighted in the park on February 19, David Barrett of the Manhattan Bird Alert Twitter account tells Gothamist’s Jen Carlson. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Feb. 2020 Bradley Kane Initially, birders rejoiced at the rare New York City sighting of a common merganser, an elegant-looking duck with a regal auburn crest, in Central Park. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2020 Though the common merganser is rare to the NYC area, pollution in bird habitats is not. Ganesh Setty, CNN, 25 Feb. 2020 Kane noted that the duck, a female common merganser, is uncommon in the New York City region and is spotted only about every two years. Ganesh Setty, CNN, 25 Feb. 2020 In 2015-16 alone, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection employees killed 70 birds – including great blue herons, belted kingfishers and common mergansers - at the state’s Burlington, Quinebaug Valley and Kensington fish hatcheries. Gregory B. Hladky,, 21 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of common merganser was in 1817

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“Common merganser.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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