How to identify

The Common Scoter is a dark-coloured seaduck, the male is totally black and the female lighter, with a pale face. They are often seen as large bobbing rafts offshore, or long straggling lines flying along the coast. The UK breeding population of this small diving seaduck has fallen significantly and it's now a Red List species. It's listed as a Schedule 1 species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act. It's vulnerable to oil spills in winter.


Common Scoter

Lars Edenius / xeno-canto


  1. Resident
  2. Passage
  3. Summer
  4. Winter
* This map is intended as a guide. It shows general distribution rather than detailed, localised populations.
  1. Jan
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  3. Mar
  4. Apr
  5. May
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  12. Dec

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