Hooded Merganser (Slimbridge November 2017)
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.
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Appearance - 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.
Appearance - Female
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.
March to Early May
Quantity: 8 to 12
Colour: Glossy White.