scaup duck


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n scaup duck diving ducks of North America having a bluish-grey bill
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scaup duck (Zoöl) any one of several species of northern ducks of the genus Aythya, or Fuligula. The adult males are, in large part, black. The three North American species are: the greater scaup duck (Aythya marila, var. nearctica), called also broadbill bluebill blackhead flock duck flocking fowl, and raft duck; the lesser scaup duck (A. affinis), called also little bluebill river broadbill, and shuffler; the tufted, or ring-necked, scaup duck (A. collaris), called also black jack ringneck ringbill ringbill shuffler, etc. See Illust. of Ring-necked duck, under Ring-necked. The common European scaup, or mussel, duck (A. marila), closely resembles the American variety.
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In literature:

At Lake Worth I saw a gentleman feed Scaup Ducks that swam to within two yards of his boat.
"The Bird Study Book" by Thomas Gilbert Pearson
The Scaup Duck is very abundant in Holland during winter, covering the inland seas with immense flocks.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns

In news:

The daily bag limit on ducks is six and may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), two pintails, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, three wood ducks, two scaup and two redheads.
Wilson, naturespicsonline Lesser scaup ducks, common migrants and winter residents on Tennessee's ponds, lakes and rivers, often arrive in large flocks.
Although male ring -necked ducks superficially resemble their counterparts in greater and lesser scaup, their peaked, angular head profile, distinctive white bill markings and uniformly dark upper wings distinguish them.