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Lesser Scaup

A small vagrant duck from north America rarely seen in Britain

Photograph by: 
Ian Ballam

There are no nature notes for this species



Common Name Lesser Scaup
Scientific Name Aythya affinis
Species Group Birds Ducks
Status Very rare
Interest Level
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A smaller version of a tufted duck with less pronounced black and white markings 

Identification Notes


  • This is a rare species and statistically you are unlikely to see it but if you do ...

  • Try and get a second opinion if you can and/or try to get the best photograph you can

  • Be sure to report the sighting to the Dorset Bird Club saying where you saw it and why you think it was this species

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Similar Species

The records for this species have been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Birds Ducks