Length: 18-22 Weight: 2-4 lbs
Male is all black with a white wing patch and white “comma” behind eye. Female is dark brown with white oval behind bill (compare to more vertical white patch on Surf Scoter).
Breed in Alaska and northern Canada. Winter along the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts, and sometimes the Great Lakes.
White-winged Scoters are becoming increasingly common on the Great Lakes, possibly due to the invasive Zebra Mussel, which provides an abundant food source.
The European subspecies, Velvet Scoter, has a very different bill morphology and coloration from the American subspecies, and the two are sometimes considered separate species.
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