The male common goldeneye (Bucephala clangula) presents a very unusual appearance that is not readily forgotten.
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The smallest duck in Kansas is the bufflehead (Bucephala albeola), which takes its name from the fact that it has a small body and a disproportionately large head, like a buffalo or bison.
The long-tailed duck (Clangula hyemalis) takes its name from the lengthy, pointed appendage of the male.
The black scoter (Melanitta nigra) takes its name from the plumage of the male, the only solid black duck in North America.
The largest of the scoter species in Kansas is the white-winged (Melanitta fusca). It takes its name from the white secondary feathers, visible on both males and females.
The male surf scoter (Melanitta perspicillata) is a peculiar-looking duck, not readily forgotten. He is known as the “skunkhead."
Seen up close, the male harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) sports a unique pattern that accounts for his name.
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