Surf Scoter

Other Names: none

Distribution: Alaska and Canada in summer; Northern Hemisphere coasts in winter.

Surf Scoter distribution range map

Description:

Size: 45-56 cm in length with a 77-85 cm wingspan.

Plumage: Males are black with white patches on the crown and neck. The bill is colorful, swollen at the base, with a large black spot on the side. Females are brownish black, with two off-white patches on the cheek. The eyes are bright white.

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Surf Scoter

Surf Scoter

Bill Shape
spatulate
thick billed
Regions
alabama
alaska
alberta
aleutians
arizona
arkansas
atlanticcoast
baja california
british columbia
california
colorado
connecticut
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 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
tapered-wings
Action
walking
Behavior
jerks
zigzag
Markings
bold
cross
plain
Sounds
clear
staccato
Location
ground dwelling
north in summer
south in summer
south in winter
Habitat
coasts
Oceans
Marshes
Color
sheen
black
blue
brown
Body Shape
duck
Size
large
medium
small
Order
ducks, geese and swans - anatidae
ducks, geese and swans - anseriformes
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Bird Species