Chinese Merganser or Scaly-sided Merganser

Mergus squamatus


Geographic range:

China and southeastern Russia




Poaching and river pollution

Wild status:

Fewer than 2,500 individuals

Captive conservation efforts:

Very few aviculturists in European and North American facilities have worked with this species historically. Sylvan Heights and the IWWA have recently been working to boost the captive breeding population of Chinese Mergansers in the United States. The offspring produced from successful breedings have been sent to other zoological institutions for breeding, exhibition, and public education.

Chinese Merganser ducklings at the Sylvan Heights Avian Breeding Center