Lesser Scaup (Slimbridge March 2011)
The Lesser Scaup, also known as the Little Bluebill or Broadbill, is a diving duck from North America.
The Lesser Scaup is very similar in appearance to the Greater Scaup except smaller and not as bulky.
(Compare the two Ducks)
Although the Lesser Scaup has the largest population of diving duck in North America, their population has been declining over the decades. They are currently classed as Least Concern but this may be revised to Near Threatened if the decline continues.
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380mm to 480mm (15" to 19")
Appearance - Male
The male has a Black effervescent head with a small tuft, Pale Blue bill with a Black tip, Yellow eyes, a Black breast, White/Grey back and wings with darker vermiculations. The underparts and flanks are White with subtle vermiculation. The legs and feet are Grey/Green.
Appearance - Female
The female has mainly Dark Brown plumage with a White band around the base of the bill, Orange eyes and White underparts.
Lakes, Rivers, Ponds, Lagoons and Bays.
Aquatic Seeds and Insects, Clams, Oysters, and Mussels.
Mid May to June.
The nest is built in a shallow on the ground lined with feathers and down, concealed in dense vegetation near water.
Quantity: 9 to 11
Colour: Olive Buff.