Medium-sized sea duck with a fairly small, straight bill. All black except for yellow knob at base of bill.
Medium-sized sea duck with a fairly small, straight bill. Brownish overall with pale face and neatly delineated dark cap.
Adult males and female
Often found in small flocks, sometimes with other scoter species. Call is a soft whistling. Female lacks yellow knob on bill and has pale cheek with neat dark cap.
Adult male and female
Medium-sized sea duck with a straight, thin bill. In flight, wings are all dark. Breeding males have yellow knob on bill; females have pale cheeks with neat, dark cap.
Brownish sea duck with dark-capped head pattern reminiscent of female but yellowish knob at base of bill like adult male.
Medium-sized brownish sea duck with a small, straight bill. Distinctive face pattern: pale cheeks and sharply defined dark cap.
Adult male and female with Surf Scoter
May occur in flocks with other scoter species. Bill considerably smaller and straighter than Surf Scoter's (second from left).
- Stocky diving duck.
- No white in wings.
- Male all black with swollen yellow or orange knob at base of bill.
- Female blackish with large whitish face patch.
Male DescriptionBlack with metallic gloss. Side and flank feathers long and pointed. Eyelids yellow. Swollen orange-yellow knob on base of upper bill, divided by black along middle of upper surface.
Female DescriptionSooty brownish. Dark cap contrasting sharply with pale grayish brown feathers on rest of head. Sides and flanks paler with indistinct barring. Bill not swollen or only slightly, may have hint of yellow.
Immature DescriptionSimilar to adult female but with white belly.
- Length: 16.9-19.3 in (43-49 cm)
- Weight: 30.4-38.8 oz (862-1100 g)
- Wingspan: 27.6-28.4 in (70-72 cm)
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