BIRD OF THE WEEK / WEEK 9: February 26, 2018

© Liron Gertsman

Bird

Surf Scoter

Species Name

Melanitta perspicillata

Appearance

40-52 cm length | 77 cm wingspan | 850-1100 gm weight

A large sea duck with a very large, bulbous bill.

The adult male is all black with a white oval on the back of the neck, a white spot on the forehead, whitish irises, orange legs and a multi-coloured bill of yellow, red and white. The female is brown with white patches on the face.

Habitat / Behaviour

Molluscivore | Coast, lakes

Their diet consists primarily of crustaceans and molluscs.

Breeding

Monogamous | Ground nester | 5-9 eggs