Lesser Scaup

(Aythya affinis)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

LC - Least Concern

 

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N5B, N5N - Secure Breeding and Nonbreeding

SNRB, SNRM - Unranked Breeding and Migrant

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common to abundant migrant, breeds sparingly only in the northwest

Habitat

Breeding: Wetlands, lake edges with grassy margins

Migration: Lakes, large marshes and rivers

Size

15 to 18 in length

25 wingspan


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Migration

Late February to late May and mid-September to mid-December


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Taxonomy

Order:

Anseriformes (ducks, geese, swans, and relatives)

 

Family:

Anatidae (ducks, geese, and swans)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

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  Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis Fuligule à tête noire
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Uploaded on Sep 30, 2009

Superbe et coopératif mâle adute de Fuligule à tête noire hivernant à la frontière entre la France, la Suisse et l'Allemagne depuis plusieurs année. L'oiseau est bagué métal, Huningue, 68, décembre 2008...

Nice adult male Lesser Scaup, a returning Drake wintering at the border between France, Switzerland and Germany, Huningue, France, December 2008, wearing a metal ring...

 
     
  Lesser Scaups at Elizabeth Lake
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Published on May 15, 2012

After much consulting with those more knowledgable than myself, I have concluded these are lesser scaups (Aythya affinis). The male had a few characteristics that appeared to be that of a greater scaup, but the majority of the traits pointed towards lesser scaup. Especially with the female.

Here is a link to help identify the lesser scaup from the greater scaup:

http://birding.about.com/od/identifyingbirds/a/scaupidentification.htm

 
     
  Lesser Scaup (Anatidae: Aythya affinis) Male
Carl Barrentine
 
   
 
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Uploaded on Jun 25, 2009

Photographed at the Kellys Slough NWR, North Dakota (25 June 2009).

 
     
  Lesser Scaup - (Aythya affinis)
Mark Vance
 
   
 
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Published on Mar 27, 2012

Lesser Scaup - (Aythya affinis) By: Mark H. Vance - Be sure to check out all of Mark's bird videos at http://www.youtube.com/markinsrq5 Please subscribe if you like birds, many more great videos to come! Thanks

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