The Lesser Scaup has a dull purple and slightly domed head with black chest and tail, and white wing stripes. It has a black tip on a blue bill. The female Lesser Scaup is dark brown with a clean-cut white mask near the bill. The Scaup is the only duck with a broad white stripe on the trailing edge of the wing. The diet is mostly mollusks and plant material. The habitats are lakes, rivers, salt bays, and tundra ponds. It tends to drift to a far range from people, so it is usually seen at a distance. Its range is from Alaska, western Canada, and the coasts of the U.S. and southern States.
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