BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 6: February 5, 2018
© Peter Massas
40-49 cm length | 60-66 cm wingspan | 453-879 gm weight
A small diving duck, the Hooded Merganser is the second smallest merganser next to the Smew. They have relatively long, broad tail, an expandable head crest and a long, serrated bill.
The drake has a black head with a large, white, wedge-shaped patch behind the eye, a black breast marked with thick white bands, a black back with a few white stripes near the tail and chestnut sides. The female is brown with a white underside, a light reddish-brown crest and brown eyes. The male in eclipse plumage looks similar to the female but he maintains his yellow eyes.
Habitat / Behaviour
Piscavore | Wetlands, ponds
The Hooded Merganser dives under the water, hunting small fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects by sight.
Monogamous | Cavity nester | 10-12 white eggs | 1 brood
- Male Hooded Mergansers Growling and Dancing for Female Attention
- Female Hooded Merganser
- Punky, the Hooded Merganser, and her 22 ducklings jumping from their nest box
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