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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