Merganser. noun.

Collectors of carved decoys will instantly recognize the word merganser, which refers to any of several fish-eating diving ducks of the subfamily Merginae, having a narrow bill hooked at the tip and serrated at the edges.


The one shown here is an exceptional and oversize Monhegan Island style merganser drake, carved by the renowned artisan Gus Wilson of Maine. This example sold for $149 500 at Guyette & Deeter's 31st annual spring auction, held on April 23-24 in St. Charles, Ill., in conjunction with the North American Vintage Decoy & Sporting Collectibles Show.