The orange bill patch of the male and the pale cheeks of the female identify the Black Scoter. The species spends much of the year at sea. Large flocks float in shallow coastal waters or fly low over the water in straggling formations. Birds dive, often simultaneously, to feed on mussels and other marine animals.

• NliST A down-lined hollow on the ground.

• DlSTRIBI JTION Breeds in tundra of North America and Eurasia. Winters as far as California, N. Africa, and China.


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