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Common Mergansers

Common merganser ducks (Mergus merganser) may be seen in Valdez year round. Male common mergansers have black heads with a greenish sheen; female common mergansers have brownish heads with gray bodies. Mergansers feed on a wide diet of local wildlife, including small fish, insects, crustaceans and plants. 

a female merganser duck in water

"Ms Merganser Dipping" by Gary Minish

Viewing Locations

Look for mergansers in freshwater lakes and rivers around Valdez, such as Robe Lake. They may also be spotted in salt-water coastal areas during the winter, such as those along Old Town or Kelsey Dock. 

Photo Gallery



"Merganser Trio"

Two male mergansers (left) and one female (right). Photo by Gary Minish



"Marvelous Merganser"

A male merganser duck. Photo by Gary Minish



"Mr. Merganser Taking Off"

A male merganser duck. Photo by Gary Minish



"Ms Merganser Dipping"

A female merganser duck. Photo by Gary Minish

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