Sorry, there are no photographs of the Surf Scoter available to us.

Size: L: 50 cm. Wt: 900-1000g. Sexually dimorphic in colour, and also slightly in size; males are somewhat heavier than females. This species is not seasonally dimorphic.

Male: body black; white patches on forehead and nape; eye white; bill red, with black and white knob.

Female: body blackish-brown; whitish patches on cheek and base of bill; bill large and grey, no knob.

Juvenile: young males pale brown, with white patch behind eye, red bill with white and black markings; young females light brown, with faint patches similar to adult, bill grey.