hooded merganser

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

CLASS Aves | ORDER Anseriformes | FAMILY Anatidae

RANGE Southern Canada through the United States

HABITAT Swamps, ponds, marshes, slow-moving rivers

DIET Fish, crawfish, frogs, mud crabs, clams, aquatic insects, and insect larvae

1 - 2 lbs

15 - 20 in

About 2 ft

26 - 41 days

5 - 13 eggs

IUCN Status
Least Concern
hooded mergansers

The hooded merganser is a diving duck, finding its prey underwater by sight. They have a nictating membrane (a transparent eyelid) that protects their eyes and enables them to see better while diving underwater.Hooded mergansers can chase fish underwater for up to two minutes.

Unlike the beaks of most waterfowl, theirs are long and serrated to help them hold on to slippery fish.