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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The male common eider (Somateria mollissima) presents a somewhat strange appearance, not likely to be confused with that of any other species.
The male king eider (Somateria spectabilis) is a bird that is guaranteed to make an impression. Whether he is gaudy or beautiful depends on your perspective.
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