White-winged Scoter
Melanitta deglandi

– rather large duck, larger than Mallard
– very rare vagrant to Northern WP, Asian origin
– diurnal/nocturnal migrant
– in Asia migrates in small to medium flocks in formation
– in the WP mixed with other Melanitta sp.


White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri, M AD
BIF1663, 10/06/2016, Khövsgöl Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
adult males with complete jet-black body and pinkish feet, strongly swollen black base of bill, (comp. Common Scoter) gives a long, square-headed impression

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri, M AD
BIF1664, 10/06/2016, Khövsgöl Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
jet-black upperside contrasting to lighter primaries and white secondaries, bill with dark swollen base, little yellow, darker pinkish to the edges, white eye and very prominent white eye-line (comp. Velvet Scoter)

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri, M F
BIF1666, 12/05/2011, Tasch Gai Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
females with brownish body, females have a much less prominent head profile, but still more elongated in comparison to Velvet Scoter, adult females have rather dirty orange feet compared to vibrant pink in males

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri, M F
BIF1667, 12/05/2011, Tasch Gai Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
appears short-necked from below, adult females with only light spot behind and pale patch in front of the eyes

White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi stejnegeri, M F AD
BIF1668, 10/06/2016, Khövsgöl Nuur, Mongolia, Mathias Putze
on distance very similar to Velvet Scoter, but shape of head and white eye-patch still noticeable

voice: calls during migration not yet sound recorded

comparison species:
Surf Scoter (v)
Velvet Scoter (v)
Common Scoter (v)
Black Scoter (v)

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