Goosander Mergus merganser

(aka Common Merganser)
Female Goosander, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger

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Paro, Bhutan
March 2008

The Goosander is distributed in the temperate areas of the northern hemisphere. Many of the populations migrate southwards during the winter and these birds would be wintering in Bhutan

Female Goosander, Paro, Bhutan, March 2008 - click for larger image

In Bhutan it is found on rivers and streams.

It belongs to the family of sawbills and has a narrow, elongated bill with serrated edges which help it to hold the fish that it catches.

The male has a dark green head with whitish breast and flanks while the female, seen here, has a chestnut head and greyish body.

See my photos of the nominate sub-species from Europe here.

There is additional information available on Avibase.

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