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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser male

General Description: Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus) are sexually dimorphic pond "ducks" with a long, thin bill. Males have a black head and back with a white crest that can be raised and lowered. The breast is white with two black bars, and the flanks are rusty. Females are rusty brown overall with some white in the wings and a shaggy crest (it is always a bad hair day for lady mergansers).

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Ponds and marshes; places with fish to eat.

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser female

Where to Find: Hooded Mergansers are uncommon around Las Vegas, but look for them at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve, the Pahranagat Valley and the Overton Wildlife Management Area.

Comments: These birds dive for fish, which they catch in their long, saw-tooth-edged bill.

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Canada Geese and Hooded Merganser male
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser male
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Drab plumage of winter male; crest down
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Drab plumage of winter male; crest down
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Female Hooded Mergansers foraging in tide pools
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Female Hooded Mergansers foraging in tide pools
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
The ladies out for a swim
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Female Hooded Mergansers foraging in tide pools
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Mergansers; Dunedin, Florida
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Mergansers; Dunedin, Florida
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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