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Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Hooded Merganser Lophodytes cucullatus

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishHooded Merganser
FrenchHarle couronné
SpanishSerreta capuchona, Pato de Cresta


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.



2018-03-31Parc de la Frayère
2017-03-05Parc des Rapides
2016-11-19Parc Angrignon
2016-10-15Parc des Rapides
2013-11-16Parc des Rapides