Black Scoter

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Melanitta nigra

The Black Scoter drake appears all black in flight except for an orange (or bright yellow) knob at the base of its bill and the flash of a slight gray underwing. The hen is mottled brown with a dark cap and pale cheeks. This sea duck can be found in the coastal waters of Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and the Northeast.

Length: 19 1/2"
Weight: 2 1/2 lbs.

illustration of black scoter hen and drake

Scoters feed on mollusks, crabs, and some fish and very little vegetation. They are locally known as "coots."

Black Scoter