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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

GermanKappensäger
EnglishHooded Merganser
FrenchHarle couronné
SpanishSerreta capuchona, Pato de Cresta

Description

The smallest member of merganser species in North America. Sexually dimorphic. All year around although they need a lake or slow flowing and river which isn't frozen in winter as they dive for small fishes and capture them with their sawbill.

How to Identify

Male black and white pattern of head and neck is typical and a clear characteristic to identify Hooded Merganser. Luckily, I usually see them in pairs, male and female. The crest form, the proportion of the neck and size allow the identification of females.

Where When to Spot

Although reported to be around all year long, I usually see them in late autumn and winter when they are catching small fishes in open waters. For me the best place to observe them, is Rapids Park Lachine.

Photos

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Observations

Rapids Park Lachine2018-03-31
Rapids Park Lachine2017-03-05
Park Angrignon, Montreal2016-11-19
Rapids Park Lachine2016-10-15
Rapids Park Lachine2013-11-16