Lesser Scaup - Aythya affinis

Length 1.4 ft (41.9 cm)
Wingspan 2.1 ft (63.5 cm)
Weight 1.8 lb (816.5 g)
Clutch Size 9-11
Chicks at birth Precocial
IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

The Lesser Scaup is a diving duck found in North America. They are very similar to the Greater Scaup. The Lesser Scaup is slightly smaller, has a point at the top of the head, and has a smaller black tip on the bill. They are quite common in the S.F. Bay Area. They are divers and mainly eat mollusks and aquatic plants. One picture below shows a male eating a mollusk.

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