Surf Scoter

About the Surf Scoter
Also known as: Red-billed Scoter, Skunk-head Coot, Surf Duck

The Surf Scoter is a species of sea duck found around coastal waters of North America. These migratory ducks breed around Canada and Alaska; winters are spent along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the continent.

Adult male Surf Scoters have an all black plumage; females are brown. Adult males also have characteristic white facial patches and a bill that appears orange.

Surf Scoters feed on a variety of marine invertebrate species, which they usually consume while underwater. Their diet includes clams, snails, crabs, and small fish.

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