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Surf Scoter Identification

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The Four Keys to ID

  • Size & Shape

    A medium-sized sea duck with sturdy neck, rather large head, and heavy, broad bill.

    Relative Size

    Smaller than a Mallard, larger than a teal.

    Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized

    • Both Sexes
      • Length: 18.9-23.6 in (48-60 cm)
      • Weight: 31.8-45.6 oz (900-1293 g)
      • Wingspan: 29.9-30.3 in (76-77 cm)