(redirected from mergansers)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia.


Any of various fish-eating diving ducks primarily of the genus Mergus, having a slim hooked bill. Also called sheldrake.

[New Latin : Latin mergus, diver (from mergere, to plunge) + Latin ānser, goose; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -sers or -ser
(Animals) any of several typically crested large marine diving ducks of the genus Mergus, having a long slender hooked bill with serrated edges. Also called: sawbill See also goosander
[C18: from New Latin, from Latin mergus waterfowl, from mergere to plunge + anser goose]


(mərˈgæn sər)

n., pl. -sers, (esp. collectively) -ser.
any of several fish-eating diving ducks of the genera Mergus and Lophodytes, having a narrow bill serrated at the edges.
Also called goosander.
[1745–55; < New Latin, = Latin merg(us) kind of aquatic bird (compare mergere to plunge, immerse) + ānser goose]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.merganser - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edgesmerganser - large crested fish-eating diving duck having a slender hooked bill with serrated edges
sea duck - any of various large diving ducks found along the seacoast: eider; scoter; merganser
genus Mergus, Mergus - mergansers
goosander, Mergus merganser - common merganser of Europe and North America
American merganser, Mergus merganser americanus - common North American diving duck considered a variety of the European goosander
Mergus serrator, red-breasted merganser - widely distributed merganser of America and Europe
Mergus albellus, smew - smallest merganser and most expert diver; found in northern Eurasia
hooded merganser, hooded sheldrake, Lophodytes cucullatus - small North American duck with a high circular crest on the male's head
References in periodicals archive ?
Aggression between brood-rearing female Red-breasted Mergansers was reported in Denmark but there was no indication these behaviors resulted in brood movements (Kahlert 1993).
Mergansers and scoters commute between feeding and roosting areas on the sea, and occasionally a great crested grebe, or auk batters past.
In fact, the total harvest of 955 ducks, geese, mergansers, coots and snipe during the 2001-02 waterfowl season was almost a thousand birds below the 1,953 taken in 1993-94, the previous low for hunter harvest surveys covering only the East and West Coyote, Fisher Butte and Royal-Amazon units at Fern Ridge Wildlife Area.
The daily bag limit, including Mergansers, is seven with the following makeup:
Worcester's 2012 count totaled an impressive 89 species, which were dominated by 1,741 Canada geese, 1,533 ring-billed gulls, 1,373 black capped chickadees, 1,162 crows, 1,108 juncos, 996 robins, 881 starlings, 829 mallards, 795 house sparrows, 437 common mergansers, 401 goldfinches, 345 rock pigeons, 324 white-breasted nuthatches, 292 titmice, 274 hooded mergansers, 245 mourning doves, 236 blue jays, 196 cardinals, 196 house finches, 190 downy woodpeckers, 174 bluebirds, 138 greater scaup, 138 song sparrows, 135 redpolls, 118 common goldeneyes, 114 red-breasted nuthatches, and 100 black ducks.
During these special two days of hunting, youth can harvest ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens.
Pochard and red-breasted mergansers showed off in the sun.
Running downriver in Kuczynski's jet boat to where he's located fish, I see fellow fishing creatures like mergansers and herons.
The proposed Bill doesn't address the damage caused by environmental problems, drift netting at sea, and predation on rivers by seals, cormorants, goosanders and mergansers.
Eventually, they spotted a large group of common mergansers headed their way with a couple of smaller ducks in tow.