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Greater Scaup

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About the Greater Scaup

Also known as: Scaup, Bluebill, American Scaup, American Scaup Duck, Broadbill, Greater Black-head, Greater Scaup Duck, Scaup Duck

The Greater Scaup is a medium-sized diving duck that breeds in northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere, including much of Alaska and northern Canada, and far northern parts of Russia and Europe.

Greater Scaups are closely related to Lesser Scaups. Breeding males of both species have dark bodies and heads with light backs. Lesser Scaups are smaller and have a different head shape.

The Greater Scaup has a large natural range and the conservation status is considered to be Least Concern as of September 2013.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 30 September 2013
Scientific Name Aythya marila
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. marila
Birdorable Family Ducks & Geese
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 25 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
15.4 to 22 inches
28.3 to 31.1 inches
25.6 to 48 ounces

International Names

  • 斑背潜鸭 (Chinese)
  • polák kaholka (Czech)
  • Bjergand (Danish)
  • Topper (Dutch)
  • lapasotka (Finnish)
  • Fuligule milouinan (French)
  • Bergente (German)
  • Moretta grigia (Italian)
  • スズガモ [suzugamo] (Japanese)
  • 검은머리흰죽지 (Korean)
  • Bergand (Norwegian)
  • ogorzałka (Polish)
  • Морская чернеть (Russian)
  • Porrón Bastardo (Spanish)
  • Bergand (Swedish)