Hooded Meganser Ducks by Walter Colvin

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3d digital art render of a male and female Meganeer ducks
Made with Bryce 7 Pro, some post work with photoshop.
Best Viewed Large.

The Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) is a small duck and is the only member of the genus Lophodytes.

Hooded Mergansers have a crest at the back of the head which can be expanded or contracted. In adult males, this crest has a large white patch, the head is black and the sides of the duck are reddish brown. The adult female has a reddish crest, with much of the rest of the head and body a greyish-brown. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill but is not classified as a typical merganser.

Hooded Mergansers are the second smallest species of merganser, with only the Smew of Europe and Asia being smaller, and is also the only Merganser restricted to North America (naturally anyway).

Their breeding habitat is swamps and wooded ponds on the northern half of the United States or southern Canada. They prefer to nest in tree cavities near water but will use Wood Duck nesting boxes if available and unoccupied. They form pairs in early winter. The male leaves the female soon after she lays her eggs, leaving her responsible for all incubation. After hatching, chicks leave the nest with their mother within 24 hours; they are already able to dive and feed themselves, although they remain with their mother for another five weeks.

Hooded Mergansers are short distance migrants and winter in the United States wherever winter temperatures allow for ice free conditions on ponds, lakes and rivers.

A few of these ducks have occurred as vagrants to Europe, however, this attractive species is so common in captivity that most birds seen in the wild in Europe are simply escapees.

These ducks feed by diving and swimming under water to collect small fish, crustaceans and aquatic insects. They find their prey underwater by sight.

A species of fossil duck 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.


  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    I sure LOVE this!!!!! Wish they had OPEN WINGS and it wasn’t a Digital Rendering so I could accept it in the WINGS Group… MAGNIFICENT WORK!!!! kUDOS

  • Thank you very much for the comment Cookie, I will do better next time.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Karen K Smith
    Karen K Smithalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful work:))

  • Thank you very much Karen. Your comments are very much appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you very much my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...almost 4 years ago

    a delightful image, beautiful,dawnx

  • Thank you My friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Wow how could you do better than this!!!! lol :))))) it is an incredible image… ;))

  • I mean about posting in the Wings group.
    Thank you again Cookie.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Yes I knew that… Digital was something EGA decided when she started it, that she wasn’t going to include.. truthfully. this is sooooo great, I had to read the info carefully before I even realized it was a digital rendering… my issue of course at first was the lack of OPEN WINGS… :)))) great work my friend!!!!

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsalmost 4 years ago

    Yes i understood…. Not a problem at all my friend!!! :)))))

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesoralmost 4 years ago

    Incredible creation Walter!! :)

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    May 1, 2011

  • Thank you for the honor of being featured in The Birds Teresa, it is very much appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Jeannine St-Amour
    Jeannine St-Amourover 3 years ago

    What a fantastic shot… Congratulations, very well deserved. :o) Jeannine

  • Thank you Very much Jeannine.

    – Walter Colvin

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