Melanitta perspicillata


Common Names: Surf scoter
Category: Birds
Sub-category: Ducks, Geese, & Swans


The adult female averages about 2 lbs. and 17 inches in length, while the adult male is on average 2.3 lbs. and 19 inches in length, making this the smallest species of scoter on average. It is characterised by its bulky shape and large bill. The male is all black, except for white patches on the nape and forehead. It has a bulbous red, yellow and white bill. The females are brown birds with pale head patches.

Found on the ocean in coastal areas.

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