photo by Phil Swanson
L 19″(48 cm).
Song or calls:
Most vocal of Scoters. Displaying males, whistled “coar-loo.”
Description: Totally black. Orange swelling on upper mandible. Female is dark brown, with dark crown and nape, and pale face and throat.
Behavior: Mating display consists of male splashing and whistling around female.
Habitat: Migrants found on lakes, reservoirs, and larger rivers. Winter on coast.
Where in Nebraska: Rare migrant. Usually seen during fall, in scattered locations across the state. Rarest of Scoters in the state.
Fun Facts: While performing the “wing-flap” display of splashing around in the water, they will thrust their head downward making their neck appear to be broken.