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Common Scoter

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A sea duck seen off of the Dorset coast in winter



Photograph by: 
Richard Charmouth

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Sites List Distribution Map Some Charts Some Photographs Original Tweets Relatives Guidance Notes
Common Name Common Scoter
Scientific Name Mellanita nigra
Status Restricted
Interest Level
Species Family Ducks
  • 01 - January
  • 02 - February
  • 03 - March
  • 10 - October
  • 11 - November
  • 12 - December
Preferred Environment
  • Open sea
Look for Small black ducks well off shore
Additional Identification Notes
  • Rarely seen close up and most often seen in flight
  • Appear to be small black ducks from a dstance but their profile is different to most other ducks
  • Very difficult to tell apart from the scarcer velvet scoter unless seen at closer quarters