Black Scoter - Melanitta americana

Length 1.6 ft (48.3 cm)
Wingspan 2.3 ft (71.1 cm)
Weight 2.1 lb (952.5 g)
Clutch Size 6-8
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened
Continents:NA, EU, AS

The Black Scoter is a large sea duck that is also known as the American Scoter. They are found in North America, Europe and Asia. In North America, they breed in the far north. They winter on the coasts of northern US, and Canada. They also winter on the Great Lakes.

Food is obtained by diving for crustaceans and mollusks. They also eat insects and their larvae, fish eggs and rarely vegetation such as duck weed.

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