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Velvet Scoter Melanitta fusca   - In flight
Velvet Scoter
Photographer : © Christoph Bock
Location :Baltic See near Rügen, Germany
Date : 22-3 September 2006
English synonyms:White-winged Scoter
Bird Family :Anatini - Typical Ducks
Red Data Status :Endangered
Remarks :
Taxonomic Notes :Monotypic. Breeds from Northern Europe as far east at least as the River Yenisey, possibly as far as the River Khatanga in Russia (Approx. 102° East). Partly sympatric with Melanitta nigra.
Ref.: Martin Collinson, David T. Parkin, Alan G. Knox, George Sangster and Andreas J. Helbig. Species limits within the genus Melanitta, the scoters. British Birds 99: 183-201.
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