Thee adult male Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) at Shiranuka Harbour, Hokkaido, Japan - December 2014
Local Name (Japan): Kuro-gamo (クロガモ) - "Black Wildduck"
OTHER NAMES: American Scoter
The Black Scoter was until recently considered as part of the Common Scoter, but has subsequently been split off into a full species. The Black and Common are apparently differentiated primarily by their distinct vocalisations. I first got brief views of this species from the train between Kushiro and Akkeshi but was unable to photograph it due to the movement of the train, but later found a small flock at the mouth of Shiranuka harbour.
Subspecies: None - monotypic
- Sighting Locations -
JAPAN - Locally common Winter migrant in harbours on Hokkaido
- TOKYO/HOKKAIDO 2014 TRIP: One seen on the sea at Akkeshi, a small flock in the harbour at Shiranuka