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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
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Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

General Description: Surf Scoters (Melanitta perspicillata) are sexually dimorphic sea ducks. Males are black with white patches on the forehead and back of the neck, and the large bill is orange with white and black and red spots. Females are brown with two white spots on the side of the face. Neither has any white in the wings.

Taxonomy: Anseriformes, Anatidae, Anatinae

Favored Habitat: Rocky coastal shorelines where they can dive for clams, snails, and other food items on the bottom.

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)

Where to Find: Don't look for Surf Scoters around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them in the arctic during the breeding season or on both coasts of North America during winter.

Comments:

Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) If you were a tasty clam or a little aquatic bug, this might be the last face you ever see!
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Male Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Male Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Notice the wild colors and patterns on the face and bill
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Male Surf Scoter with white patch on the back of the neck
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Male Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Male Surf Scoter in flight
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Female Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Female Surf Scoter
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) more to come ...
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Surf Scoter in typical loafing habitat
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Surf Scoters rafting on a quiet ocean

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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