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White-winged Scoter
Melanitta fusca

Diving Ducks
Waterfowl Family (Anatidae)

Size: Length: 50-60 cm

Description: Like the surf scoter, the white-winged scoter is a drab bird with few key identifiers. Males are primarily dark with a white streak beneath the eye. The white scapulars may be visible when swimming, and can be seen in flight. The stalky, orange beak has a black, swollen growth near the base. Females are similar to surf scoters with the exception of the white scapulars. They rarely nest in the study area, preferring more northerly climes. They winter along both coasts and on the open waters of the great lakes.

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