Birda Logo
Features
Birda+
About
Species Guide
Challenges
Shop
loading...

Stejneger's Scoter

Melanitta stejnegeri

Stejneger's scoter, or the Siberian scoter, is a robust sea duck, cloaked in a predominantly dark plumage. The genus name, Melanitta, is a nod to the Ancient Greek words for "black" (melas) and "duck" (netta), reflecting its somber hues.

Identification Tips

The male Stejneger's scoter is distinguished by a strikingly tall knob at the base of its mostly orange-yellow bill. In contrast to the white-winged scoter, the male of this species has a pronounced "Roman nose" profile, akin to that of a common eider, and the feathering at the base of the upper mandible forms an acute angle.

Habitat

This species selects coastal waters to form its habitat, where it can be seen congregating in large, tightly packed flocks.

Distribution

Breeding across the northern reaches of Asia, east of the Yenisey Basin, Stejneger's scoter migrates southward to temperate zones in Asia, as far as China, for the winter. While once thought rare in North America, it may be a regular visitor and potential breeder in Western Alaska.

Behaviour

Stejneger's scoter is a sociable bird, often seen in dense flocks that take to the air en masse.

Feeding

In freshwater environments, Stejneger's scoter feeds on crustaceans and insects, while in saltwater, it shifts its diet to molluscs and crustaceans.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List has classified Stejneger's scoter as Least Concern, indicating a stable population at present.

App logo
Birda is a birdwatching app and community aimed at curious people who want to deepen their connection with nature.

Stejneger's Scoters on Birda

Photos

More Ducks, Geese, Swans

A photo of a Mandarin Duck (Aix galericulata) , male

Mandarin Duck

Aix galericulata
Birda Logo

Your birdwatching journey like never before

Connect with nature in minutes
Take a walk, look out of the window and log the birds that you see. Feel good about those little connections to nature.
Discover the joy of birding
Find new birding spots, see more birds, share and celebrate with a like-minded community of nature lovers.
Play your part in saving nature
Logging your birding sightings and sessions turns into positive action for our planet. Every sighting counts.

Birda Blog

What Our Birders Say
BCHphotography_
Such a great app!
I didn’t think I could enjoy birding more but this app makes it so much better. Some great features and a really great way to share your sightings with your friends or fellow birders nearby or around the world! ❤️
778
Great bird recording
For a while I’ve been trying to find an app to easily record bird lists and day out and struggled to find one that I like. Birda is great for this, straightforward and a great community!
Trevarthen1
Birda fan
I really enjoy using Birda, all sightings are recorded and photos can be added. There are monthly challenges which help to get you out to record your sightings. The Birda community are great and are happy to help with unidentified bird sightings. Suitable for all ages and experience!
SW H
Wonderful App
Birda is my go to app for keeping records of my bird sightings and sessions. It has fantastic information which is great at aiding identification. With all the updates that are coming in the new year, this app is something special.
Birdafan
Ideal Birdwatch Companion
Simply adds to the enjoyment of my birdwatching and helps me record what I’ve seen.
Foxgirl100
Great app for beginner twitchers
I’ve had a passion of photographing birds for a long time now but have only just gotten into proper birdwatching, and this app is brilliant for those just getting started. There is a great sense of community among users and the app is very easy to use and professional. Awesome app altogether
Nicole
Gets me outdoors more
I'm still loving this app. I use it most days & gets me outdoors more. Enjoying watching others progress and photo's, it's improved my wellbeing.... I love this app! I can keep a record of sightings and see what others have seen too.
Paul F
Very good database
Highly recommend. It great that this app shows you male Vs female variations when posting. Very good database I'm really impressed.
Unbridled Discoveries
Great app for bird lovers
I love this app! It’s a wonderful way to track birding sessions, and also connect you with fellow birders. I also really like the unidentified bird section, it’s a great community tool to help figure out what a never-before-seen bird is!
Talli A
My favourite app
As a young birdwatcher who was always keen to be apart of a community but never seemed to find one, my problem was solved downloading this!!! Everyone is so friendly and just as excited to see birds as me 😁
As featured in
AboutPressAmbassadorsAffiliatesInfluencersCareersPrivacyTerms & Conditions
An app for birdwatchers
Giving back
Connect with us
Copyright © 2024 Chirp Birding. All rights reserved.