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Hooded Merganser

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Hooded Mergansers are small ducks with a thin bill and a fan-shaped, collapsible crest that makes the head look oversized and oblong,

Adult male Hooded Mergansers are black above, with a white breast and rich chestnut flanks. Females get their own distinctive elegance from their cinnamon crest.
Male courtship behavior involves a number of elaborate displays featuring the erectile crest and distinctive vocalizations. One of the most common is the "Head-Throw". A male raises his crest and swims parallel to a female. He throws his head back sharply until it touches his back and then brings it forward slowly while emitting a rolling frog-like croak.

Hooded mergansers locate their prey visually, swimming with their faces submerged, surveying the water beneath them. Once a prey is found they actively pursue it underwater. They eat aquatic insects, crayfish, and small fish.

Breed: Hooded Merganser
Gender: Male
Location:   Central Park West Side
Manhattan, NYC

Date Posted:  

January 21, 2016

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