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Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway

Lesser Scaup (Bluebill, Broadbill)


Male - Winter

GIF -- Picture of Male Scaup-Winter

Body: Medium-sized duck, 1 3/4 - 2 pounds, 15-18 inches long. Gray vermiculated back with white sides and belly. Head purple-black. Chest and rump black. Eyes yellow. Bill light blue, short and broad. Feet gray. Wings: Dark brown with white flecking on coverts and tertials. Speculum white. Voice: Purr. In Flight: Rapid wingbeat. Dark head and chest contrast with white belly.

Male - Fall

GIF -- Picture of Male Scaup-Fall

Ranging from bluish brown to blotchy near-winter coloration. Belly whitish. Head dark with scattering of white at base of bill. Bill, eyes, feet and wings same as in winter.

Female - All Seasons

GIF -- Picture of Female Scaup

Body: Dull brown with distinct white belly. Prominent white patch at base of bill. Eyes yellow. Bill and feet similar to male. Wings: Dark brown with minute white flecking on coverts. Speculum white. Voice: Purr or silent.

GIF -- Picture of Scaup in Flight


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