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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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 08 December 2019
Scientific Name
Melanitta perspicillata
  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Melanitta
  • M. perspicillata
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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
18.9 to 23.6 inches
31.8 to 45.6 inches
29.9 to 30.3 ounces


International Names

Chinese (汉语) 斑头海番鸭
Czech (Cesky) turpan pestrozobý
Danish (Dansk) Brilleand
Dutch (Nederlands) Brilzee-eend
Finnish (Suomi) pilkkaniska
French (Français) Macreuse à front blanc
German (Deutsch) Brillenente
Italian (Italiano) Orco marino dagli occhiali
Japanese (日本語) アラナミキンクロ [aranamikinkuro]
Norwegian (Norsk) Brilleand
Polish (Polski) uhla pstrodzioba
Portuguese (Português) Pato-careto
Russian (русский язык) Пестроносый турпан
Spanish (Español) Negrón Careto
Swedish (Svenska) vitnackad svärta
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