Lesser Scaup: Dr. J. Murray Speirs

Lesser Scaup (male)

This is chiefly a prairie breeder, south of most of the Greater Scaups, wintering south to the Gulf states.

Lesser Scaup (male)

It is mainly a bird of passage in Ontario, though a few may be found in summer and winter.

Lesser Scaup (male)

I have found it mainly in shallow, marshy habitat, not in deep water where the Greater Scaup is often found in great rafts.

Greater Scaup

From the Greater Scaup it is most readily distinguished by the short white wing stripe in flight

Lesser Scaup (female)

and on the water at close range by the purple gloss on the head and somewhat more puffy head shape.

Lesser Scaup (female)
Lesser Scaup (l) and Greater Scaup (r) Both are males.

Dr. J. Murray Speirs

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