OTHER NAMES: Skunk-headed Coot
Latin Etymology: Melanitta ("black duck") perspicillata ("conspicuous")
NO UK STATUS / IUCN Red List: Least Concern
A large sea-duck species found breeding around the coasts of Canada and Alaska, they breed on freshwater lakes. This bird was a vagrant that had turned up along the dam end of Rutland Water where it was associated with a group of mostly male tufted ducks. This bird is apparently a first winter bird, though as with the most duck species the adult male is a far more dramatic bird with a bizarre oversized beak coloured white, yellow red, pink with a huge black blotch.
SUBSPECIES: none - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - A rare vagrant.
- A single vagrant bird seen at Rutland Water (December 2016)