Lesser Scaup

Other Names: Little Bluebill

Distribution: northern North America in summer; southern United States through Mexico in winter. A nonmigratory population exists in the Cascade Mountains.

Lesser Scaup distribution range map

Description:

Size: 38-46 cm in length with a 68-77 cm wingspan.

Plumage:  Males have a very light gray body, blackish chest, and black-appearing head glossed with purple. Females are dark brown with a small white face patch. In flight, a white stripe is visible on the black wings. the bill is bluish-gray and the eyes are bright yellow.

Species image
Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Bill Shape
spatulate
long billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
arizona
arkansas
baja california
british columbia
california
caribbean
colorado
connecticut
cuba
delaware
district of columbia
florida
georgia
hawaii
idaho
illinois
indiana
iowa
kansas
kentucky
labrador
louisiana
maine
manitoba
maryland
massachusetts
mexico
michigan
minnesota
mississippi
missouri
montana
nebraska
nevada
new brunswick
new foundland
new hampshire
new jersey
new mexico
new york
north carolina
north dakota
northwest territories
nova scotia
nunavut
ohio
oklahoma
ontario
oregon
pennsylvania
quebec
rhodeisland
saskatchewan
south carolina
south dakota
tennessee
texas
utah
vermont
virginia
washington
west virginia
wisconsin
wyoming
yucatan
yukon
Tail Shape
squared-tail
Wing Shape
tapered-wings
Action
flying
walking
Behavior
flocks
Markings
bold
crown
plain
round
streaks
Sounds
harsh call
Location
high flying
low flying
ground dwelling
high perching
low perching
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
lakes rivers ponds
Forests
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
blackandwhite
brown
gray
Body Shape
headcrested
necklong
duck
Size
large
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species