Hooded Merganser
(Lophodytes Cucullatus)

Appearance - The male Hooded Merganser has a black head with a large white patch from behind the eye to its bushy crest which can be expanded or contracted. The neck and back are black with a black band across a white breast, reddish-brown flanks, and a thin black beak. The female has a dull brown head with a smaller red-brown crest, upperparts are brownish-grey with greyish upper-breast, flanks, and white lower-breast. The Hooded Merganser has a sawbill.

Notes - The Hooded Merganser is able to dive for fish and stay underwater for some time and uses its sawbill to grip the fish.

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