Sunday, January 26, 2014

Hooded Merganser

The Hooded Merganser (Scientific name - Lophodytes cucullatus) is the smallest of the mergansers. The males and the females both have crests that they can raise or flatten.  This species is found in both the Eastern and Western parts of North America. They are medium distance migrants and many stay resident if the waters remain ice free. The males are very distinctive with a black and white head and black and white back and brown undersides. The females are mainly shades of brown and grey. 
Photos were taken at Mill Lake, Abbotsford, British Columbia in January 2014. 


1 comment:

  1. The fellows are so fancy, as usual in the bird kingdom...