Unlike most other ducks, their diet consists mainly of fish. They dive into the water and can chase the fish for up to two minutes.
I am happy to say that the population of these wild ducks is increasing, due to their brilliant survival techniques.
Although these ducks are North-American birds, their habitat is not restricted to North America. They are also found in Canada, the Pacific Coast, Ohio river valley, New England, Gulf Coast, Baja, and some surrounding states.
On average the lifespan of a hooded merganser ranges from 11 to 12 years in the wild.
Hooded Mergansers can achieve an approximate speed of 50 mph (80 kph) while in flight. They are exceptional fliers as well as swimmers.
The pronunciation of Hooded Merganser is 'hu-duhd mr-gan-sr'. The term 'merganser' derives its meaning from German roots.
That's all from the facts I read about this lovely bird. We saw lots of wildlife on this visit and I will soon be sharing photos of a Red-shouldered Hawk.