Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Description: The male has a black back, rufous sides and a black and white breast. Its head is black with a prominent white crest that can be raised or lowered. The female is dusky brown with a loose, tawny-brown crest. Both sexes have a spike-like, serrated bill.

Range: Southeastern Alaska to southern Canada and the northeastern United States. Overwinters in Mexico and the Gulf of Mexico.

Habitat: Found in wooded lakes and ponds and in sheltered coastal waters.

General: This bird feeds on fishes and invertebrates. It will nest readily in boxes.


Bovey, Robin, Campbell, Wayne, and Gates, Brian. 1989. Birds of Victoria and Vicinity. Lone Pine Publishing. Edmonton, Alberta.

Peterson, Roger Tory. 1990. Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds. Houghton Mifflin Company. New York, New York.

Udvardy, Miklos D. F. 1994. National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds: Western Region. Chanticlear Press, Inc. New York, New York.

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