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Photo of Surf Scoter

Surf Scoter

Common name:

Surf Scoter

Latin name:

Melanitta perspicicillata

Family:

Anatidae

Length:

20"

Wing span:

30"

Weight:

2.1 lb (950 g)

Habitat:

Ocean bays

Notes:

Surf Scoters forage in the zone of breaking waves, and habitually dive through foaming wave crests.

Due to their distinct black-and-white pattern, were formerly known as Skunk-ducks and Skunk-head Coots.

Link:

Surf Scoter facts

 

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