Monday, January 8, 2018

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

The hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small and beautiful duck. Only member of genus Lophodytes, name derived form Greek lophos meaning 'crest' and dutes meaning diver. Originally described by Linnaeus in Systema Naturae as Mergus cucullatus.

They can raise or lower the crest. These birds are sexually dimorphic, with males in breeding plumage brightly colored and patterned while females are with hues of brown. They are endemic to North America, though few escape vagrants are seen in Europe. They mostly feed on Fishes, Aquatic Insects and invertebrates like crabs and crayfish.

No comments:

Post a Comment