Greater Scaup

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 September 2013
Scientific Name
Aythya marila
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Aythya
  • A. marila
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Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 4 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
15.4 to 22 inches
28.3 to 31.1 inches
25.6 to 48 ounces

International Names

Chinese (汉语) 斑背潜鸭
Czech (Cesky) polák kaholka
Danish (Dansk) Bjergand
Dutch (Nederlands) Topper
Finnish (Suomi) lapasotka
French (Français) Fuligule milouinan
German (Deutsch) Bergente
Italian (Italiano) Moretta grigia
Japanese (日本語) スズガモ [suzugamo]
Korean (한국어) 검은머리흰죽지
Norwegian (Norsk) Bergand
Polish (Polski) ogorzałka
Russian (русский язык) Морская чернеть
Spanish (Español) Porrón Bastardo
Swedish (Svenska) Bergand
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