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Adult males are jet black with orange, white, and black bill and white patches at the nape, forecrown, and base of the bill. Females are dark brown with dark gray bills and usually show two patches of white on the face.
Juvenile pair: $900




The surf scoter occurs only in North America. They are virtually unstudied, particularly during the breeding season. Surf scoters breed on shallow freshwater lakes found in the closed and open Boreal Forests of northern Canada and Alaska. Female surf scoters prefer to nest in brushy tundra or wooded areas near a pond, bog or stream and lay an average of 5-8 eggs. 30 feet deep, they forage in the zone of breaking waves, easily diving through wave crests.