Any of three species (genus Aythya, family Anatidae) of diving ducks. The greater scaup, or big bluebill (A. marila), breeds across Eurasia and most of the Nearctic region. The lesser scaup, or little bluebill (A. affinis), breeds in northwestern North America. Both are popular game birds, 15–20 in. (38–51 cm) long, that winter along the U.S. coasts. Males have a dark breast and grayish back but differ in head colour and wing markings; females are brown with white patches around the blue bill. Scaups eat mainly clams. The third species is the New Zealand scaup (A. novaeseelandiae).
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Scaup may refer to:
Scaup ruling hurts federal credibility; The U.S. Fish and Wildlife service went overboard in severely restricting the number of bluebills that hunters can harvest in the Mississippi Flyway.(SPORTS)(DENNIS ANDERSON)
Aug 01, 2008; Byline: DENNIS ANDERSON; STAFF WRITER The decision Thursday to significantly restrict the scaup (bluebill) harvest by...
Scaup issue continues to percolate; State DNR representatives met with federal officials, and the conference could signal a change in future decisions regarding waterfowl management in Minnesota.(SPORTS)(Dennis Anderson)(Conference notes)
Aug 29, 2008; Byline: Dennis Anderson; Staff Writer An important, three-day waterfowl management conference that attracted some 200 attendees...