White-winged Scoter

Melanitta fusca

The White-winged Scoter drake has black wings with a large white speculum visible when flying and sometimes seen while sitting. It also has a small white crescent under its white eyes. Its bill is orange with a black knob at the base. Its flanks and belly are brownish, though the drake may appear black from a distance. The hen has white wing patches, a brown head and body, a dark eye and white patches at the base of the bill and below the eye.

Length: 21 1/2"
Weight: 3 1/2 lbs.

illustration of white-winged scoter drake and hen

Scoters are sea ducks, wintering on open coastal waters. White-wings are among the heaviest and largest of all ducks.

White-winged Scoter