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Black Scoter, American Scoter - Melanitta americana

A large sea duck, characterised by its bulky shape and large bill. The species breeds in the far North of Canada, in Labrador and Newfoundland and migrates into more moderate regions South. Dives for crustacean and mollusks.

Common Names

  • Black Scoter, American Scoter (en)
  • Negrón americano (es)
  • Macreuse noire, Macreuse américaine (fr)
  • Melanitta americana (de)


  • Anseriformes
  • Anatidae
  • Melanitta americana

Where & When to Spot

I observed this species in May at the coast in Tadoussac.

How to Identify

Drake is completely black with a bulky yellow beak. Female is brown with pale cheeks.


Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)

Tadoussac - 2018-05-20

NIKON D500; 300mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f5.6; Iso 100;

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