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White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi   - Adult male
White-winged Scoter
Photographer : © Aurélien Audevard
Location :Monterey Bay, California, USA
Date : 1 February 2016
English synonyms:Velvet Scoter, American White-winged Scoter (deglandi), Asian White-winged Scoter (stejnegeri)
Bird Family :Anatini - Typical Ducks
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :
Taxonomic Notes :Split from Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca following Collinson, M., David T. Parkin, Alan G. Knox, George Sangster and Andreas J. Helbig. Species limits within the genus Melanitta, the scoters. British Birds Vol. 99: 183-201. wherein treated as polytypic with two subspecies: deglandi (American White-winged Scoter) and stejnegeri (Asian White-winged Scoter). The latter breeds in northeastern Russia, while the former has been recorded on several occasions in the Kommander Islands (Russia). Hence both taxa are on the Oriental list.
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