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Surf Scoter Melanitta perspicilliata
2013-10-02 13:41:30

The Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicilliata) is a sea duck of large size, which breeds in Canada and Alaska. It’s placed in the subgenus Melanitta, along with the Velvet and White-winged Scoters, distinct from the subgenus Oidemia, Black and Common Scoters. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern United States. Small numbers regularly winter in Western...

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca
2013-04-22 17:21:06

The White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi or Melanitta fusca deglandi) is a bulky sea duck. It is characterized by its large bill and bulky shape. This is the biggest species of Scoter. The females range from 2.1 to 4.2 lbs and 19 to 22 inches, averaging 2.6 lbs and 21 inches. She is brown with pale patches on her head. The male ranges from 3 to 4.7 lbs and from 21 to 24 inches, averaging 3.6...

Black Scoter
2009-01-17 19:10:47

The Black or American Scoter (Melanitta americana) is a species of sea duck found in the far north of North America in Labrador and Newfoundland to the southeast Hudson bay, in Alaska. It is also found on the Siberian side of the Bering Straits east of the Yana River. It migrates further south for the winter months along the coasts of the USA and Canada, and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico....

Labrador Duck
2007-10-24 16:08:27

The Labrador Duck (Camptorhynchus labradorius), was an eider-like sea duck that was never known to be common, and is believed to be the first duck to go extinct in North America after 1500. The last Labrador Duck is believed to have been seen in Elmira, New York on December 12, 1878. The last preserved specimen was shot in 1875 on Long Island. It was thought to breed in Labrador and wintered...

Common Scoter
2005-06-14 09:59:45

The Common Scoter (Melanitta nigra) is a large sea duck, 44-54 cm in length, which breeds over the far north of Europe, Asia and North America. There are two subspecies; the American race (M. n. Americana), known as the Black Scoter, is sometimes given specific status. It winters further south in temperate zones, on the coasts of the northern USA, Europe as far south as Great Britain, and...

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