Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Species
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus). Male. Taken at Radipole Lake, Dorset, on September 20th 2017.
Male. Taken at Radipole Lake, Dorset, on September 20th 2017.
(1/200th sec at f14. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 42 - 50 cm

The male has a black head with a large, black-rimmed white crest in the breeding season, and a mustard-yellow eye. The female is plain grey-brown.

A North American species. European birds are usually regarded as escapes from wildlife collections.

The Hooded Merganser lives on small bodies of water such as ponds and small estuaries where there is ample emergent aquatic vegetation, but it also inhabits larger wetlands, impoundments, flooded timber, and rivers.

The IUCN rate the Hooded Merganser as being of Least Concern.

Sightings

20-Sep-2017 : Radipole Lake, Dorset (1m)