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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 05:03   #1
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Greater or Lesser Scaup?

ID help please. Central Alberta. The Greater Scaup is not normally here but this one has a green head and the female has perfectly round head so I am not sure.
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Old Friday 19th May 2017, 05:21   #2
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Lesser Scaup for me.
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Thank you very much. I have several bird books and a couple of them say that the Greater has a green head and the Lesser has a purple head. Is this not true? Do you ID only by the shape of the head?
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The head colour is variable with the angle of light - from one direction it'll look green, from another, purple, or even bronzey-red. Or of course, just black.
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