White-winged Scoter

Melanitta fusca

(M. f. fusca)

Armenian Name: Տուրպան
Species Status: Extirpated Species - Species of Special Concern
White-winged Scoter

See Plate 18 for White-winged Scoter and other similar species

Abundance: Possible
Length:51-58 cm, Wing Span:90-99 cm
Distribution Map: Map 83.
Description: Dark diving duck with thick head, bill, and neck. Females are dark brown above with white patch on wing, and two variable whitish patches on sides of head.
Adult (Breeding): Breeding male: glossy black except for white patch on wing, best seen in flight; small white patch under eye, and mostly yellow bill.
Adult (Non-breeding): Non-breeding male: duller and browner.
Behavior: Seen in small flocks of 20 or less; often feeding along rocky shorelines. Takeoff from water appears clumsy.
Habitat: Large lakes with rocky shores and cliffs.
Food: Crustaceans, mollusks, aquatic vegetation.