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Lesser Scaup

Lesser Vasa-Parrot
Lesser Prairie-Chicken

About the Lesser Scaup

Also known as: Bluebill, Lesser Scaup Duck, Little Bluebill

The Lesser Scaup is a small species of diving duck. Unlike the circumpolar Greater Scaup, the Lesser Scaup is only found in the Americas. Lesser Scaups breed across much of northwestern North America; they spend the winter in the southern half of the United States down into far northern South America.

Lesser Scaups breed near freshwater. Baby scaups are able to swim and even dive under water the same day they hatch from the egg!

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 30 September 2013
Scientific Name Aythya affinis
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. affinis
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 18.1 inches
26.8 to 30.7 inches
16 to 38.4 ounces

International Names

  • 小潜鸭 (Chinese)
  • polák vlnkovaný (Czech)
  • Lille Bjergand (Danish)
  • Kleine Topper (Dutch)
  • pikkulapasotka (Finnish)
  • Petit Fuligule (French)
  • Kleine Bergente (German)
  • Moretta grigia minore (Italian)
  • コスズガモ [kosuzugamo] (Japanese)
  • Purpurhodeand (Norwegian)
  • ogorzałka mała (Polish)
  • Малая морская чернеть (Russian)
  • Porrón Bola (Spanish)
  • Mindre bergand (Swedish)