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Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata

Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicillata

Aves > Anseriformes > Anatidae

Names in different Languages

EnglishSurf Scoter
FrenchMacreuse à front blanc, Macreuse à lunettes
SpanishNegrón costero


A large sea duck native to North America. Migratory, breeds in Northern Canada and winters along more Southern coasts of North America.

How to Identify

Male displays are mostly black with a distinctive white, orange pattern on the beak, white patch on the forehead and neck. Females are brownish with a dark brown cap.

Where When to Spot

Observed during migration along the coast of St. Lawrence river near Tadoussac.