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Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Description:

Small merganser with black upperparts and white underparts with two black bars on side of breast; red-brown flanks. Crest shows large white patch when raised, white stripe extending backwards from the eye when lowered. Dark wings have white shoulder patches visible in flight. Females nondescript brown.

Habitat:

Wooded wetlands


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88 Comments (1–25)

James McNair
James McNair a year ago

Fantastic

Desmond.E.S.O
Desmond.E.S.O a year ago

Such an awesome bird!

jeslowery
jeslowery a year ago

Awesome photos!

Liam
Liam 2 years ago

Lol! Thanks for the comments everyone!

HazelMarley
HazelMarley 2 years ago

Oh my gosh! That's scary... :0

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 3 years ago

Wow... what a beautiful bird.. Very nice pictures..

JenKnight
JenKnight 3 years ago

this just made my night

bhargav.py
bhargav.py 4 years ago

OMG!

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Thanks for the comments, y'all.

rashmi.awasthi
rashmi.awasthi 4 years ago

really amazing

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Thanks y'all! :)

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Thanks, Rob. You're next. ;)

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Thanks, Neil. :)

NeilDazet
NeilDazet 4 years ago

Excellent Liam. Congrats on the SOTD honor!

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Tamara, it depends on where you're from. ;)
I'm pretty sure Ava has it right, Mer (like mermaid) - Gan (rhymes with fan) - Sir (like yes ma'am, yes sir.).

Liam
Liam 4 years ago

Thank you so much everyone! This community is so supportive. I truly appreciate everything! :)

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 4 years ago

TamaraBrownCarman, it's pronounced mer -- gan -- sir.

Brian Parsons
Brian Parsons 4 years ago

Spectacular series of captures of this beautiful merganser

TamaraBrownCarman
TamaraBrownCarman 4 years ago

Does anyone know how this is pronounced? Beautiful pictures!

PatriciaLaneEvans
PatriciaLaneEvans 4 years ago

Beautiful photos! This is one of my favorite ducks... second only to the adorable Bufflehead... :-)

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 4 years ago

What a wild bird, these pics are awesome, Liam! That first picture is great, looks like he's having a good time :D

Maria dB
Maria dB 4 years ago

Hearty congratulations, Liam, on your SOTD with this wonderful series!

surekha
surekha 4 years ago

Awesome captures, Liam! Congratulations!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 4 years ago

Beautiful find and Congratulations on Spotting of the Day!

DeepankshiChittora
DeepankshiChittora 4 years ago

superb !!!

Statesboro, Georgia, USA

Lat: 32.42, Long: -81.79

Spotted on Nov 20, 2010
Submitted on Dec 8, 2011

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