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White-winged Scoters

The white-winged scoter is a large-bodied sea duck which can be found primarily on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and nests on freshwater lakes and wetlands in boreal forests of northwestern North America. Mainly a bottom feeding duck, they will dive great depths to feed upon their favored prey items of saltwater mollusks. In freshwater, they will feed upon crustaceans and amphipods. Here at Pinola, they are housed in our Bay Aviary, which allows them the deepest diving opportunity within flowing currents. Though they are not the most ornate, they are no less fascinating to watch!

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