Greater Scaup

Other Names: Bluebill

Distribution: Alaska and northern Canada in summer; discontinuously throughout the United States in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in western Alaska.

Greater Scaup distribution range map

Description:

Size: 42-51 cm in length with a 71-80 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males have a very light gray body, black chest, and black-appearing, green-glossed head. Females are uniform dark brown with a white patch at the base of the bill. Both sexes have a distinct long white wing stripe. The eyes are yellow and the bill is bluish-gray.

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Greater Scaup

Greater Scaup

Bill Shape
spatulate
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
gulf coast
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
rounded-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
walking
Behavior
flocks
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
south in summer
Habitat
coasts
lakes rivers ponds
flats
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
gray
white
Body Shape
necklong
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species