White-winged Scoter

Melanitta deglandi (Bonaparte, 1850) VD WHWSC 2152
Family: Anseriformes > Anatidae

Until recently considered a subspecies of Velvet Scoter, this seaduck breeds in eastern Canada and is a very rare visitor to Britain & Ireland.

This large scoter has a distinctive white wing patch. Viewed at a distance, White-winged Scoter can be separated from Surf Scoter by its more sloping head shape and white in the wing.

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  • Breeding
  • Winter
691 records observations recorded by BTO surveyors
691 records



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Status and Trends

Population size and trends and patterns of distribution based on BTO surveys and atlases with data collected by BTO volunteers.


This species can be found on the following statutory and conservation listings and schedules.


We have no population estimates for this scarce species.


White-winged Scoter is a very rare vagrant and most records relate to a few returning individuals.

Weekly occurence of White-winged Scoter from BirdTrack
Weekly occurrence patterns (shaded cells) and reporting rates (vertical bars) based on BirdTrack data. Reporting rates give the likelihood of encountering the species each week.


Information about movement and migration based on online bird portals (e.g. BirdTrack), Ringing schemes and tracking studies.


View a summary of recoveries in the Online Ringing Report.


Lifecycle and body size information about White-winged Scoter, including statistics on nesting, eggs and lifespan based on BTO ringing and nest recording data.


Sample sizes are too small to report Productivity and Nesting statistics for this species.


For information in another language (where available) click on a linked name

Danish: Amerikansk Fløjlsand
Dutch: Pacifische Grote Zee-eend
French: Macreuse à ailes blanches
German: Höckersamtente
Hungarian: tükrös réce
Icelandic: Kolönd
Italian: Orco marino del Pacifico
Latvian: Deglana pile
Lithuanian: amerikine nuodegule
Norwegian: Knoppsjøorre
Polish: uhla garbonosa
Portuguese: negrola-d'asa-branca-americana
Slovak: turpan nosorohý
Spanish: Negrón aliblanco
Swedish: knölsvärta

Links to more information from ConservationEvidence.com

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