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Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Lesser Scaups can be found in bodies of water such as lakes and ponds, and in marshes and wetlands. Their diet consists of mollusks, crustaceans, and aquatic plant material. They weigh 1-2.5 lbs. and have a wingspan of 2-2.5 ft. Female Lesser Scaups make a “garf, garf” noise during mating season and males make a “whe-o” sound. They are protected on the US Migratory Bird list.