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    Surf Scoter

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    Surf Scoter

    Melanitta perspicillata
    • ORDER: Anseriformes
    • FAMILY: Anatidae
    Basic Description

    A black-and-white seaduck common on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts in winter, the Surf Scoter has a boldly patterned head that is the basis for its colloquial name "skunk-headed coot."

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    Other Names
    • Negrón Careto (Spanish)
    • Macreuse à front blanc (French)
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