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Male scaups have light gray, almost white bodies, blackish chests and a very dark head. Females are dark brown with a distinct white patch at the base of the bill.
In flight, look for the white stripe on the trailing edge of the wing in both sexes. The bill is blue, hence the gunner’s nickname “bluebill.”
Lesser Scaup Key Field Marks
Small duck with a broad white stripe on the trailing edge of the wing (scaups are the only ducks with this marking).