This exquisitely painted Loon Lakes Courting Hooded Merganser is an
exact reproduction of Sam Nottleman’s Original carving. You will be
impressed by the intricate detail of this rendition right down to the
realistic feathering on the Loon Lakes Courting Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser Male has a black head, neck, and back, and white
underparts with two black bars on side of breast. Flanks are red-brown.
Distinct crest shows large white patch when raised and white stripe
extending backwards from the eye when lowered. Eyes are bright yellow.
Wings are dark with white shoulder patches visible in flight. Female is
duller with bushy brown crest, gray upper breast and flanks, and white
markings on wings. Juvenile is similar to female but may lack crest.
Loon Lakes Courting Hooded Merganser has captured all these colors.
These birds breed and winter in the Great Lakes region, eastern Canada,
and the Pacific Northwest. Preferred habitats include small forest
pools, millponds, swamps, and beaver ponds.