common merganser

noun

Definition of 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

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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, courant.com, "Hatcheries Try Guns, Nets, Noise To Protect Fish From Invading Birds," 21 May 2018

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1817, in the meaning defined above

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