English : White-winged scoter
French : Macreuse à ailes blanches
Class : Aves
Order : Anseriformes
Family : Anatidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Adults reach a total length of 58 cm for a weight of 1.7 kg. Male is velvet brown and black with yellow bill with reddish sides, and black knob, white eyes with a white mark below. Female is brown with large clear ear-spot.
Range and habitat
The species breeds in Alaska, western Canada and north-west USA. Winters on coastal regions from Alaska to California and Gulf of St Lawrence to Florida. Breeds around streams and lakes in boreal forests, winters at sea.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not Listed
Status : The species is still very common locally but has experienced decline because of humane disturbances, pollution and hazards such as nets.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known
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