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Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata ORDER: ANSERIFORMES FAMILY: ANATIDAE

IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

Surf Scoter Photo

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."

Calls

Usually silent. Wings make humming noise in flight. Male makes low, clear whistle. Female makes croaking "krraak."

Other

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