Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus (Linnaeus, 1758) HO HOOME 2190
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Hooded Merganser, Allan Drewitt

An extremely rare visitor from North America, The Hooded Merganser is also popular in waterfowl collections, so most sightings are likely to be of escaped individuals.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
2.1k records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
2.1k records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


This species is a rare vagrant and was recorded during Bird Atlas 2007–11 as shown on the map.

Occupied 10-km squares in UK


This vagrant is too rarely reported to map distribution change.


Most records of Hooded Merganser relate to presumed escapees and naturalised individuals.

Weekly occurence of Hooded Merganser from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about Hooded Merganser, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Welsh: Hwayden Gycyllog
Catalan: bec de serra coronat
Czech: morcák chocholatý
Danish: Hjelmskallesluger
Dutch: Kokardezaagbek
Estonian: kübarkoskel
Finnish: harjakoskelo
French: Harle couronné
German: Kappensäger
Hungarian: bóbitás bukó
Icelandic: Kambönd
Irish: Síolta Chochaill
Italian: Smergo dal cappuccio
Latvian: baltausu gaura, kapuces gaura
Lithuanian: kuoduotasis danciasnapis
Norwegian: Hjelmfiskand
Polish: kapturnik
Portuguese: merganso-capuchinho
Slovak: potápac prilbatý
Slovenian: kapucasti žagar
Spanish: Serreta capuchona
Swedish: kamskrake

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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