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Surf Scoter
Melanitta perspicillata

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 43-53 cm

Description: This common migrant is our most common scoter. Scoters are at home when the wind churns the lakes, and the conditions become too unpleasant for many other waterfowl. Look for a dark black duck with a white patch at the back of the neck, and another small patch on the forehead. The eye is also white. The large bill helps identify scoters, and this birds orange bill has a large black spot that resembles a nostril. It is bordered in front and below with white. Females are drab brown with a light patch on the cheek and near the ear. Female surf scoters lack the white wing patch visible in the white-winged scoter. They dive deeply, feeding on insect larvae and some aquatic plants. They winter along both coasts.

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