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A photo of a Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), male
Hooded Merganser, Male

Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

The hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a species of merganser. It is the only extant species in the genus Lophodytes. The bird is striking in appearance; both sexes have crests that they can raise or lower, and the breeding plumage of the male is handsomely patterned and coloured. The hooded merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser. A species of fossil merganser from the Late Pleistocene of Vero Beach, Florida, was described as Querquedula floridana (a genus now included in Anas), but upon reexamination turned out to be a species closely related to the hooded merganser; it is now named Lophodytes floridanus, but the exact relationship between this bird and the modern species is unknown.
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Rick Ashton
Tuesday 12 Sep 2023 - 8:18am
United Kingdom
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Cas Van De Giessen
Friday 08 Sep 2023 - 1:47pm
Netherlands
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Alex Wight
Wednesday 06 Sep 2023 - 2:19am
United States
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Rick Ashton
Saturday 02 Sep 2023 - 1:35pm
United Kingdom
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