Medium-sized diving duck
Rounded head; highest pointtowards front of head
Bluish-gray bill with black tip
- Black head
- White patch at base of bill Listen to its call.
- Dark brown back with white flecks
- Buff brown breast
- Brown sides, flanks and tail
- Whitish belly
I concluded they were Greater Scaup for a number of reasons. The heads of these ducks were rounded compared to the peaked heads of the Lesser Scaup I saw last month. The bills looked larger, as did the ducks themselves. The sides of the males looked whiter than those of the Lesser variety. And finally, at this time of year in our area, Greater Scaup are usually found in salt water and Lesser are more often found in fresh.
Learn more about the Greater Scaup.