Hooded Merganser - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Hooded Merganser - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Hooded Merganser - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image Hooded Merganser - Photo Copyright Ward Cameron 2003 - Click to view a larger image  
Click on an image (if available) to see a larger version

Mountain Nature Network has become THE place for learning about the birds of the Canadian Rockies.

Hooded Merganser
Lophodytes cucullatus

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 48-48 cm

Description: This remarkable merganser is a regular migrant and occasional nester in the Canadian Rockies. It's large crest helps distinguish it from most other waterfowl. The male has a dark upper body and head with a huge white crest which is outlined in black. They eye is yellow, and the forehead is very prominent. the back is mostly black with some white feathers visible. The front is white with a few black feathers adding a striped appearance. The side is mottled gray. The female is almost all brown with a large rusty crest. Both have typical merganser type bills with a slight hook at the tip.

The bufflehead has a rounder head, and the crest doesn't show the black outline. It also lacks the white feathers through the back. They nest in cavities, occasionally using nest boxes. They look for ponds and lakes with a healthy supply of fish on which to feed. Although they are the smallest of our mergansers, they are one of the fastest flying ducks.

Similar Species: 

Range: 

Habitat: 

Diet: 

Nesting: 

Search for recent Hooded Merganser sightings

Hire an expert guide to help you locate Hooded Merganser

Bird watching in the Canadian Rockies offers endless opportunities for seeing new species. Mountain Nature Network is your source for birding and bird biology.


All Material Ward Cameron 2005

 

 

Birds by Common Name:

 

Birds Listed by Latin Name: