Length: 15-19 Weight: 1-2 lbs
Male has a distinctive crown of black with a large white spot; black back and red-brown sides. Female has a slightly smaller, brown crown of head feathers.
Resident in eastern US and western Canada. Breeding range extends into eastern Canada, and winter range extends into western US.
Mergansers have serrated bills which help them hold onto fish that they catch. They hunt prey underwater by site.
The Hooded Merganser is in a separate genus from the other North American mergansers, and is placed on a family tree between mergansers and goldeneye. The genus name Lophodytes means “crested diver.”
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