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.

References:

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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