Black Scoter

Other Names: American Scoter

Distribution: Alaska and northern Canada in summer; coasts of North America in winter.

Black Scoter distribution range map

Description:

Size: 48-58 cm in length with a 130-155 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males are black overall; the bill is black with a large yellow knob at base. Females are dull gray overall, with pale cheeks and a dark bill. Both sexes show silvery-gray wing linings in flight. The eyes are black with black eyerings.

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Black Scoter

Black Scoter

Bill Shape
spatulate
thick billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north atlantic coast
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pacific coast
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
pointed-wings
Action
swimming
walking
Behavior
jerks
Markings
bold
plain
Sounds
harsh call
Location
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Oceans
Grasslands
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
red
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Near Threatened
Bird Species