(Lophodytes Cucullatus)
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Geese of the World - Slimbridge
The Hooded Merganser found in North America Zone, SlimbridgeMap (Slimbridge)
North America
Breeding Habitat - North America
Northern United States of America and Southern Canada.
Winter Habitat or Migration Area
Winter in United States of America.

Conservation Status

480mm (19")

Appearance - Drake
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

Appearance - Duck
The female has a dull brown head with a smaller red-brown crest, upperparts are brownish-grey with greyish upper-breast, flanks, and white lower-breast

Swamps, lakes, rivers and wooded ponds of the northern half of the United States and southern Canada.

Small Fish, Crustaceans and Aquatic Insects.

Breeding Time
March to Early May

Quantity: 8 to 12.
Colour: Glossy White.

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes Cucullatus)
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Hooded Merganser
©Nigel Key Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge April 2011)

Hooded Mergansers are the second smallest species of merganser, with only the Smew of Europe and Asia being smaller.

The Hooded Merganser is a sea duck, being able to dive for fish and staying underwater for some time and using its sawbill to catch and grip the fish.

Hooded Mergansers are short-distance migrants, wintering in the United States wherever temperatures allow for ice-free conditions on ponds, lakes and rivers.
   Hear the Hooded merganser's Call:-

Photographs ©Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge November 2013) Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge May 2014) Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge July 2014)
Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge May 2013) Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge May 2013) Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge May 2013)
Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge October 2012) Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge October 2012) Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge October 2012)
Male 27/10/12
Female 27/10/12
Female 27/10/12
Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011) Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011) Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge April 2011)
Male 25/03/11
Male 25/03/11
Male 09/04/11
Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011) Male/Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011) Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011)
Male 25/03/11
Male/Female 25/03/11
Female 25/03/11
Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge September 2010) Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge September 2010) Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge March 2011)
Male 09/09/10
Male 09/09/10
Male 25/03/11
Male Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge April 2010) Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge June 201) Female Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge June 2010)
Male 22/04/10
Female 04/06/10
Female 04/06/10

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