Hooded Merganser

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

Weight

1 - 2 lbs.

Size

15 - 20 in.

Wingspan

About 2 ft.

Incubation

26 – 41 days

Clutch

5 - 13 eggs

IUCN Status

Least Concern

Facts

  • 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.

 

Conservation

Least Concern
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