Name: Goosander

Scientific name: Mergus merganser

Category: Birds

Nature Stars: 50

What are nature stars?

About: A large duck, part of a group known as 'sawbills' after their long narrow bills with saw-like 'teeth' for gripping fish. A long, streamlined bird.

How to identify: A big white diving duck, the male has a dark green head, a black back and a long red bill. The white sides and breast sometimes have a pink glow. The female is grey with a brown head and a white throat.

Where: Breeds on rivers in the north and west of Britain, winters on lakes and reservoirs.

Natural Superpowers

  • Predator: 70
  • Agility: 30
  • Rarity: 60
  • Cute factor: 40
  • Traveller: 80

Fantastic fact: Goosander nest in holes in trees along the riverbank.

Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc


  • Ottero
    • Date: 2011-12-04 12:12:41
    • Ottero

    I really like Goosanders, I saw some when I was in a hide at a nature reserve, it was really cool!!!

  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-10-10 10:17:29
    • Foxalas

    Still I have yet to see one!!

  • Foxalas
    • Date: 2010-02-19 13:34:36
    • Foxalas

    I have yet to see one!!