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Aythya sp.

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Hi all, 

Not sure if I'm completely off track here, but I though I'd ask. Photographed today in Colorado. I noticed this bird was slightly smaller than the nearby Greater Scaup, had a dark brown back with paler sides, and a dark breast with a reddish hue. Also, the bill was very broad with a wide black tip and there was limited white in the face. I was considering the possibility of a Tufted Duck or hybrid due to the aforementioned characteristics. No crest was noticeable, but upon viewing photos on Macaulay Library, it seems that in some it is not visible. Or it could just be a scaup. Thoughts? Thanks!

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Looks aberrant for a scaup, especially the bill, plumage features seem to fit as well - seems like a good candidate for Tufted Duck but you're probably more qualified to make that ID than I am... in summary  I'm not sure but it seems worth investigating.

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This is a Greater Scaup based on the head and bill shape. Scaup of both species can show limited to almost no white on the face and cause confusion with Tufted Duck. A similar Scaup here in CT caused confusion just the past couple days.

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1 hour ago, akiley said:

This is a Greater Scaup based on the head and bill shape. Scaup of both species can show limited to almost no white on the face and cause confusion with Tufted Duck. A similar Scaup here in CT caused confusion just the past couple days.

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