Hooded Merganser

(Lophodytes cucullatus)

Conservation Status
Hooded Merganser
Photo by Elizabeth Daughton
  IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

     
  NatureServe

N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRN - Unranked Breeding and Nonbreeding

     
  Minnesota

not listed

     
           
 
Description
 
 

The male has a bold white crest that is outlined in black. The female is dark gray above.

 
     
 

Size

 
 

16 to 18 in length

24 wingspan

 
     
 

Voice

 
   
     
 

Similar Species

 
     
     
 
Habitat
 
 

Forest edge ponds, wetlands, lakes, rivers

 
     
 
Biology
 
 

Migration

 
 

April to November

 
     
 

Nesting

 
 

 

 
     
 

Food

 
 

 

 
     
 
Distribution
 
 

Occurrence

 
 

Uncommon to common migrant and breeder

 
         
 

Maps

 
 

The Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union All Seasons Species Occurrence Map

 
         
 
Taxonomy
 
  Class Aves (birds)  
 

Order

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)  
 

Family

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)  
  Subfamily Anatinae (dabbling ducks)  
 

Genus

Lophodytes (hooded mergansers)  
       
 

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Ramona Abrego
       
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Dan W. Andree
       

Hooded Merganser - male -

  Hooded Merganser    
       
Elizabeth Daughton
       

Hooded merganser, Colonial Church pond, Edina, April 2.

  Hooded Merganser    
       
Kirk Nelson
       

Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings

  Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings    
       
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  Hooded Merganser
Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren
 
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Ed McVicker
 
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  Hooded Merganser
Mark Vance
 
   
 
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Published on Jan 23, 2013

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) - By: Mark H. Vance - Be sure to check out all of Mark's bird videos at http://www.youtube.com/markinsrq5 Please subscribe if you like birds, many more great videos to come! Thanks

Mark Vance
5342 Clark Rd #144
Sarasota, Fl 34233

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  hooded merganser couple
groenelantaarn
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jan 30, 2011

Lophodytes cucullatus couple... the best looking merganser blanckendaell tuitjenhorn holland

   
       
  Hooded Mergansers, "The River Running" - St Brigids Day 2014
Don Gagnon
 
   
 
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Published on Feb 2, 2014

Hooded Mergansers (Lophodytes cucullatus), Swimming in Taunton River, near Riverside Avenue, Somerset, Massachusetts, Saint Brigid's Day, Saturday afternoon, February 1, 2014 - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS MVI_71986; 2:19 min.

Music: "The River Running" by Barrie Gledden, Simeon Wood, Richard Lacy (World, 2:18)

   
       
  Hooded Mergansers
Birdchick
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Apr 18, 2008

Flirting and preening

   
       
  Hooded Merganser Courtship at Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge.mpg
Alex Galt
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 11, 2012

These Hooded Mergansers were courting on the Louisa Division of Port Louisa National Wildlife Refuge in March. If you listen close you can hear the frog-like grrrrooooo call of the males during their head-throw displays.

   
       

 

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Ann Michels
3/12/2021

Location: Theodore Wirth Park, Minneapolis

Hooded Merganser


Ramona Abrego
4/28/2019

Location: Becker County

Hooded Merganser


Ramona Abrego
4/23/2019

Location: Becker County

Hooded Merganser


Elaine Maples
4/17/2019

Location: 3098 Cuneen Court, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076

Just beautiful...In the small lake behind our house!


E Holt
7/11/2018

Location: Blanche Lake, Ottertail County

a female and her ducklings swimming close to the north shore of the lake.  Saw a similar scene two years ago around the same time of year. 


Dan W. Andree
April 2018

Location: rural Norman Co. Mn.

Hooded Merganser


Denise McNeff
4/23/2018

Location: Andover, MN

Male and female pair in wooded pond, alongside a Mallard duck pair.


Bridget Sullivan
4/2/2018

Location: Minnehaha Creek by 36th Avenue.

Both a male and female.

The two birds were beautiful!!


Elizabeth Daughton
4/2/2017

Location: Colonial Church pond, Edina

Hooded Merganser


Kirk Nelson
5/29/2016

Location: Crosby Farm Regional Park

Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings

Wood ducks (male and female) and female Hooded Merganser with ducklings


     
     
 
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