Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)
 
Status in the Checklist Area - (1) Accidental
     
 
Information

The smallest scoter. Breeds in the tundra and mostly migrates down the coast. Only one record to date in our checkist area. Feeds mainly on mollucks and crustaceans captured by diving in deep water. Common on the coast where they spend the winter.

Similar species:
Compared to the other two scoters, the most duck-like with rounded head and smaller bill. Males distinctive. Females have a dark cap that sets off a lighter coloured face.

Best viewing locations:
Reliable viewing locations include White Rock, Tsawwassen Jetty and other similiar locations overlooking the ocean.

Sources:
Ehrlich, Dobkin and Wheye, (1988)
Sibley, D. 2000

     
Noteworthy Data
 
Date
Location
Source(s)
Comments
20-Oct-2009 Harrison Lake G. Gadsden, 2009 Three females out on lake.
 
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