Melanitta americana

Common Names: Black scoter, macreuse noire
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans

The adult female averages about 2.1 lbs. and 18 inches in length, while the adult male is on average 2.4 lbs. and 19 inches in length. It is characterised by its bulky shape and large bill. The male is all black with a very bulbous bill which is mostly yellow,a good relation with the common scoter. The female is a brown bird with pale cheeks, very similar to female common Scoter. This is America's only black duck, although the female may have some yellow around the nostils. This species can be distinguished from other scoters, apart from common, by the lack of white anywhere on the drake, and the more extensive pale areas on the female.

Found in coastal areas.

Edible Notes: No available information on edibility.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.