Hooded Merganser

Why do some Hooded Mergansers end up with 20-25 eggs in their nests?

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That’s because females have been known to “dump” their eggs in other Hooded Merganser’s nests. Found in wooded areas, nests are made in natural cavities. Agile swimmers and divers, these birds are awkward on land because legs are set far back on the body.


Collectively known as a ” brace”, “flush”, “paddling”, “raft”, or “team” of Mergansers.