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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes Cucullatus

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Hooded Merganser

Male - The male Hooded Merganser has a black head with a large white patch from behind the yellow eye to its bushy crest which can be expanded or contracted. The neck and back are black with a black band across a white breast, reddish-brown flanks, and a thin black beak. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill for gripping fish.
Female - The female has a dull brown head with a smaller red-brown crest, brown eyes, the beak has a yellow lower mandible and darker upper mandible, the upperparts are brownish-grey with greyish upper-breast, flanks, and white lower-breast.
Eclipse - The male in eclipse plumage is very similar to the female but has yellow eyes and a darker beak.


Size: - Typical Adult is about 48cm (19in).

Food: - Small fish, crustaceans, and aquatic insects.

Habitat/Range: - Swamps, wooded ponds, lakes, and rivers in northern USA, and southern Canada. They winter in the USA.

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Breeding Habitat/Resident,    Migration or Winter Area.

Breeding Season: - March to beginning of May in colder regions.

Eggs: - 8 to 12 (glossy white colour).

Notes: - The Hooded Merganser is a sea duck. It is able to dive for fish and stay underwater for some time and uses its sawbill to grip the fish.

Conservation status (IUCN 3.1):
  Least Concern.  

Classification: - Family: Anatidae,
Subfamily: Merginae, Genus: Lophodytes.

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Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)