First record of the White-winged Scoter, Melanitta deglandi (Bonaparte, 1850) (Anseriformes: Anatidae) for the Azores and Portugal

Barcelos, L.M.D., Coelho, R., Coelho, E., Ázera, S. & Barreiros, J.P. (2021) First record of the White-winged Scoter, Melanitta deglandi (Bonaparte, 1850) (Anseriformes: Anatidae) for the Azores and Portugal. Ornithology Research, 29, 240-242.. DOI:10.1007/s43388-021-00077-8.

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  • Nov, 2021


In this study, we report the first occurrence of the White-winged Scoter Melanitta deglandi for the Azores archipelago and for Portugal. This report is based on a single individual observed in Angra do Heroísmo Bay on 08 December 2020. The record has been approved by the Portuguese Rarities Committee and described as a first winter female. The occurrence of Nearctic birds in the Azores is important due to the geographic location of the archipelago and its relevance as a stepping stone for migratory species.