Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Habitat: Wooded lakes, ponds, rivers.

  • This diving duck is distinguishable by its vertical fan-shaped crest (white in males and tawny in females) and saw-edged mandibles.
  • Hooded Mergansers fly with spike-like bill, head, body and tail on the same horizontal axis.
  • Like the Wood Duck, Hooded Mergansers nest in holes in trees and can be found in shallow waters.